In line with the prosecutor’s workplace, the Worldwide Legal Court docket (ICC) prosecutor has dismissed expenses towards a former militia chief from the Central African Republic (CAR) as a result of there was no probability of conviction.
Prosecutors beforehand acknowledged that Maxime Mokom, a former nationwide coordinator of so-called anti-balaka militias, had a vital half in a 2013 and 2014 plan to violently assault the Muslim civilian inhabitants.
“Having considered the totality of the evidence in the Mokom case and in light of changed circumstances regarding the availability of witnesses, there are no longer any reasonable prospects of conviction at trial even if the charges were confirmed,” the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
Mokom testified in August that he had no involvement in any of the violent assaults towards Muslim folks in 2013 and 2014 that prosecutors meant to prosecute him with.
He knowledgeable the court docket he was a refugee trapped within the adjoining Democratic Republic of the Congo for the more often than not interval cited within the allegations, whereas prosecutors mentioned he organised militia deployment and monitored assaults.
Since March 2013, a bunch of primarily northern and predominantly Muslim rebels referred to as as Seleka, or “Alliance” within the Sango language, has seized management in CAR.
Their dominance gave rise to the opposing anti-balaka Christian militias. The ICC has been investigating the violence in CAR since Could 2014. There are two ongoing trials earlier than the court docket involving two different anti-balaka leaders and one Seleka chief.