Mr Bozizé seized power in CAR 20 years ago

Mr Bozizé seized power in CAR 20 years ago

The exiled former president of the Central African Republic (CAR), Francois Bozizé, has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in the country’s capital, Bangui.

The 76-year-old, who now leads a rebel coalition, was convicted in his absence of charges including rebellion and undermining security.

Handed down on Thursday, the judgement gave no details on the time period or crimes concerned.

More than 20 others, including two of Mr Bozizé’s sons, were also convicted in their absence.

Mr Bozizé seized power in the CAR in 2003. He was overthrown a decade later, sparking a last civil war that has killed thousands of people.

He now lives in Guinea-Bissau.

Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

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