Leader of Christian militia "Andilo" arrested in CAR

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A MINUSCA patrol in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: MINUSCA

A leader of a Christian militia has been arrested in the Central African Republic (CAR) following an arrest warrant issued by the Public Prosecutor of the country.

Peacekeepers from the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) seized Gaibona Rodrigue, known as “General Andilo”, in Bouca, Ouham province.

In December 2013, the capital Bangui was taken over by a Christian militia called anti-Balaka, displacing half a million people and killing thousands of civilians.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more on the arrest.

” Later on, ‘Andilo’ was transferred to Bossangoa where he was handed over to the authorities and he was then transferred to Bangui. The Mission has since September 2014 arrested over 200 individuals in its support to the Central African authorities to maintain the rule of law in the country.” (0'15")

This is the first high-profile arrest that MINUSCA has made in 2015 under what is called the "Temporary Urgent Measures" mandate.

The mandate seeks to fight impunity.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’03″

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