C.Africa war crimes suspect ‘Rambo’ was tortured

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A former militia leader from the Central African Republic known as “Colonel Rambo” was tortured in detention before his transfer to The Hague on war crimes charges, his lawyer said Friday.

The arrest of Alfred Yekatom, who made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court since his extradition, was “brutal” and he was later beaten with rifle butts, his defence said.

Yekatom, 43, was arrested in October in Bangui and sent on Saturday to the Netherlands for his role in bloody unrest in the CAR pitting Christian and Muslim groups against each other since 2013.

“The arrest was, according to him, brutal,” lawyer Xavier-Jean Keita told the court.

“He was tortured, he says, he was beaten with Kalashnikovs and rifle butts, and he still has visible signs of the…

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