Central African leader of anti- balaka militia arrested in France

French authorities arrested a senior Central African football official suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona must be extradited to The Hague to be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He denies any reprehensible act.

Prosecutors say he was a top leader of a militia known as the anti-Balaka who carried out systematic attacks against Muslims between 2013 and 2014.

Earlier this year, Ngaissona was elected to the executive committee of the governing body of African football, the Confederation of African Football.

Last month, another former CAR militia leader, Alfred Yekatom, was flown to the ICC for trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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