UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) – The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) (MINUSCA) on Wednesday announced the arrest by the Mission’s forces of Chadian rebel leader and former CAR official, Mahamat Abdul Kadre, a UN spokesman told reporters here.
Mahamat Abdul Kadreon, also known as “Baba Ladde”, was arrested on Monday, the spokesman said.
“The rebel was on the CAR authorities’ arrest list since May 2014,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.
“This is the latest in a series of actions that the Mission is undertaking using its Urgent Temporary Measures mandate to perform basic police functions in support of CAR authorities’ fight against impunity.”
Recent major arrests include anti-Balaka leaders called “Chocolat” and John “Americain”, the spokesman said. “Following the arrest of the latter in Bambari, 88 of his fighters have also surrendered.”
MINUSCA began operations in September 2014, with a mandate focused on the protection of civilians and the facilitation of a political process, including implementation of provisions of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, and setting up a mechanism to investigate violations.