Central African Republic militia leaders arrested
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Last Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014, 03:09
  
Bangui: Officials in Central African Republic say 11 men including leaders of the Christian anti-Balaka militia have been transferred to the capital's main prison.

The men were detained during a disarmament program yesterday. They are the first prisoners taken into custody by the government of transitional President Catherine Samba-Panza.

Justice Minister Isabelle Gaudeuille declined to name the suspects or specify the allegations against them. But Jean-Pierre Sadou of the African peacekeeping mission said they included multiple anti-Balaka leaders.

The anti-Balaka militia formed in response to widespread abuses committed by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels, who overthrew the president of a decade last year.

Militia members have been implicated in recent brutal violence targeting Muslims, and the head of the French military mission has called them "enemies of the peace."

AP

First Published: Monday, February 17, 2014, 03:09


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