CAR arrests rogue ex-rebel commander
14 October 2013, 08:36
Bangui - Government forces in the troubled Central
African Republic (CAR) have arrested a rogue ex-rebel commander, the justice
minister told AFP on Friday, as Bangui tries to clamp down on warlords.
Since Michel Djotodia seized power in a March coup, some
ex-rebels from his now-dissolved Seleka group have integrated the regular army
but others went rogue and have been sowing terror.
"Seven criminals, led by a so-called colonel going
by the name of Mahamat Amine and who had emerged from the bush in Damara, were
detained by our security and defence forces," Justice Minister Arsene
Damara lies around 75km north of the capital Bangui. The
rogue colonel and six of his men were arrested on Wednesday, the minister said.
On the same day, another ex-Seleka warlord known as
"Colonel Abdallah", who had been ruling over the eastern town of
Bangassou was arrested together with four of his lieutenants and transferred to
Bangui, officials said.
"The chief prosecutor and the main police
investigations department are sparing no effort in bringing those criminals to
justice," Sende said.
The impoverished landlocked country is a little larger
than France, but sparsely populated and Djotodia is facing the same difficulty
as his predecessors in extending his authority beyond the capital.
Chaos followed the ouster of Francois Bozize earlier this
year and reports of summary executions, looting and abuses against civilians
have prompted international concern that CAR could become another Somali-style