Bangui, 27 April, 2022 / 8:48 pm (ACI Africa).
The Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has said that trials of individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since 2003 by the country’s Special Criminal Court (SCC) is expected to mark an end to impunity.
On April 19, SCC, a United Nations-backed hybrid court that was established in 2015 and began functioning in 2018, opened its first trial against three suspects over war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in 2003. However, the inaugural trial was postponed on its first day after lawyers for defendants boycotted proceedings, Reuters reported.
In an interview with Vatican News reported Tuesday, April 26, the Archbishop of Bangui in CAR highlighted the importance of the proceedings intended to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes in the country.
“This trial marks the end of impunity and this trial comes to say to the victims you are not forgotten, humanity has not forgotten you,” Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga said.
Cardinal Nzapalainga added, “The nation is waiting to see how the trial goes in order to do our work of rebuilding a new country.”