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Ex CAR president circumvents UN sanctions by using S. Sudanese diplomatic passport: UN panel

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August 1, 2018 (JUBA) - The UN Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic (CAR) said the former President François Bozizé circumvents sanctions including travel ban by using a South Sudanese diplomatic passport.

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President of the Central African Republic Francois Bozize (AFP)

On 10 May 2014, the Security Council imposed individual sanctions against Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, Nourredine Adam, a leader of Seleka, and Levy Yakete, an “anti-balaka” Christian militia leader.

According to the resolution, a travel ban and asset freeze have been imposed on all three men for “engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of CAR”.

However, in it midterm report to the Security Council on 23 July 2018 seen by Sudan Tribune, the panel referred it its final report of 2017 where it said that Bozizé circumvents the travel ban "most likely" by using counterfeit documents.

"The Panel suspected that Mr Bozizé had been travelling with a South Sudanese diplomatic passport bearing the name Samuel Peter Mudde," further said the experts who blamed the government in Juba for ignoring their demands for information about this passport.

The report in its recommendations further called on the South Sudanese government to respond to the requests of the panel on this passport saying they sent a letter to the Permanent Mission of South Sudan to the United Nations last February but it remains without response.

The Panel "Call upon the Government of South Sudan to provide information to the Committee on the South Sudanese diplomatic passport used by listed individual François Bozizé and the cancellation of that passport," reads the recommendation.

Bozizé who governed the CAR from 2003 to 2013 currently lives in Uganda. But the report said Kampala last June has requested the United Nations to relocate him to a third country " in order to “avoid any speculation or innuendos” regarding the implementation by Uganda of Security Council resolutions.

In an interview with the French Jeune Afrique published on 11 August 201, the former president of Central Africa Republic, Bozizé dismissed reports about trips to Uganda and South Sudan.

"All this is wrong. I did not go to Uganda, South Sudan, or South Africa. Since my departure from Bangui on March 24, I have been living in Yaoundé and Nairobi. The rest are fantasies," he asserted.

The weekly magazine said the interview had been conducted in Paris before the imposition of the targeted sanctions.

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  • 2 August 05:43, by Eastern

    Here’s the deal......Subject all travellers bearing South. Sudanese "passports" to gruelling vetting, for the people to realise they are led by criminals. The moment the world allows impunity to reign large, even Omar Bashir, who once hosted the liquidated Al Quida leader, Osama bin Laden will travel on South Sudanese passport to Washington....!

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    • 2 August 06:41, by South South

      Eastern,

      Shut up and cry. UN says they suspect him to have South Sudanese passport, it’s something needed to be investigated. It could be a lie. South Sudan is very strong and peace will be signed on August 5th. Those in weak group called SSOA are melting out one by one.

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      • 2 August 10:38, by Games

        The guy doesn’t even look like an Dinka. What hell he is using S. Sudan passport

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        • 2 August 10:46, by Jongo

          Game you’r absolutely right but he looks like jenge the governor of jungoly without the lower teeth What the he’s using SS passport

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      • 2 August 14:21, by jubaone

        South South
        Only jienge sellouts and brokers can sell SS passorts in order to get a few dollars for food. Afterall, the dept of Passports and Immigration is entirely controlled by jienges. SS has been turned into a "state brothel" where foreigners like Abyei jienges, Darfuris, Somalis,Habesha all can buy SS passorts

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        • 2 August 15:42, by South South

          jubaone,
          Please find something to do, I thought you are dead. Where were you? Labour job? Peace is coming soon, you can come back to Juba and get a real job from us. Your cowards called SSOA are done, one by one, they are signing peace at night and tell us. Please don’t tell anyone that I sign peace, wicked.

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