Central African Republic’s Séléka rebels’ commander Mahamat Said Abdel Kani appeared at the International Criminal Court, ICC for a hearing on whether to confirm charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against him.
Kani is accused of using state machinery to clamp down, detain, kill and torment supporters of the ousted President François Bozizé.
The mainly-Muslim Séléka rebels overthrown Bozizé in a coup in 2013, and took charge of the Christian majority country, dipping the country into uproar.
The prosecution says many suspected Bozizé loyalists were shot in the back while running away, women and girls were raped in front of their children and parents.
Kani, who is alleged to have been commander of one of the units responsible, was arrested and transferred to the Hague earlier this year. The hearing at the ICC is designed to help the judges decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial.