CAR ex militia men appear at war crimes trial

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Two former members of a militia in the Central African Republic, CAR have appeared at the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.

The self-declared political leader of the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, who was also a senior official in the Confederation of African Football (Caf), faces more than 100 charges.

A lawyer for the other man accused – a militia commander, Alfred Yekatom, argued that the defence team had been blocked from seeing witness statements.

Thousands died in violence that followed the seizure of power in the CAR by a mainly Muslim rebel group in 2013.

The court in The Hague is considering whether there is other evidence for the trials to go ahead.