An alleged former rebel commander in the Central African Republic pleaded not guilty on Monday to multiple charges of “awful” war crimes.
Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, 52, was allegedly a member of the mainly-Muslim Seleka rebel group, which briefly took power in 2013 until the start of 2014. He is accused of torturing opposition supporters during that period of sectarian unrest.
Said appeared at the International Criminal Court in The Hague where he is facing seven charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
After a court officer read out charges including torture, unlawful imprisonment and persecution, Said told the three-judge panel: “I have listened to everything and I plead not guilty.”
Said accused of ‘grotesque abuse’
ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan told the court that Said…