Central Africa frees former rebel chief
12 April 2012, 16:29
Bangui - The Central African Republic on Wednesday freed former rebel
chief Jean-Jacques Demafouth and two other leading opposition figures
after a three-month detention, Demafouth and his lawyer told AFP.
"I have just left the SRI [a police office]," Demafouth said. "I'm happy to be with my family again."
who has headed the People's Army for the Restoration of Democracy
(APRD) since 2008, would not make any other comment "because the case is
His lawyer Mathias Barthelemy Morouba said two
leaders of the opposition Union for Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR),
former minister Gontran Djono Ahaba, a member of parliament, and Abder
Kader Kalile, were also released.
A judge ordered Demafouth to be freed but on condition that he regularly contacts legal authorities, he added.
are now waiting for a final decision: that the case will be dismissed
and the fact that he has been freed is already a partial victory," said
Demafouth's lawyer said in February a court had charged his client with breach of state security.
Demafouth, who garnered 2.79% of the votes in the 2011 presidential election coming in fifth, was arrested on 06 January.
He had earlier challenged the election outcome.
Demafouth's arrest, the APRD accused the government of President
Francois Bozize of "violating the peace accords" both sides signed in
2008, and said it was pulling out of the peace process.
said in January he was accused of wanting to take control of three
other rebel forces. A defence minister under former president Ange-Felix
Patasse, he denied the allegations.