The sword of Damocles has floated above Noureddine Adam’s head since January 7, 2019, when the International Criminal Court secretly issued an arrest warrant against the leader of the Central African armed group. The document remained under seal and was therefore only known to a few people within from international organization prosecutor’s office. The second preliminary chamber of the ICC decided, on July 28, to make it public, in a version however still redacted.
Refugee in Sudan
Noureddine Adam is accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including torture. The ICC therefore calls on all States to cooperate in the arrest of the suspect. A refugee for many years in Sudan, the head of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) spends most of his time in Khartoum, even if he also claims to go regularly to the Central African maquis, in order to command his troops. .
Distinguished member of the Séléka, a coalition that overthrew François Bozizé in 2013, he briefly held the post of Minister of Public Security before entering into rebellion again and taking up arms even before the start of 2014. Signatory of the peace accords so-called peace of Khartoum, in February 2019, he had also since become one of the pillars of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), which tried to overthrow President Faustin-Archange Touadéra at the end of 2020.
Arrest warrant against Noureddine Adam