An International Criminal Court prosecutor on Tuesday said Mahamat Said Abdel Kain, a former Central African Republic “Seleka” faction commander was involved in the beatings and maltreatment of prisoners suspected of supporting ousted President Francois Bozize.
Said faces accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in 2013.
Prosecutors said Said ran two detention centres at the time of the suspected offences.
“We say the evidence overwhelmingly shows that Said was in the room where it happened. He encouraged it, he facilitated it – but he also took part in beatings and mistreatment,” prosecutor Karim Khan told the judges.
“Literally standing on their heads, trampling on their dignity, stamping on their rights – he cannot plead ignorance,” Khan added because Said’s office was directly above the room where the prisoners were held.
At the end of the hearings on Wednesday, Judges will decide within 60 days of whether or not to confirm some or all of 14 charges against Said, including persecution and torture, and move the case closer to trial.