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Further information on UA 85/90 (AFR 19/01/90, 27 February) - Central African Republic: legal concern: Honorat Cocksiss Ouilebona, General Francois Bozize

, رقم الوثيقة: AFR 19/005/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 19/05/91
Distr: UA/SC
2 May 1991
Further information on UA 85/90 (AFR 19/01/90, 27 February 1990) - Legal Concern
CENTRAL AFRICAN Honorat Cocksiss Ouilebona,
REPUBLIC: employee of the Ministry of Health
and General François Bozizé
(cedilla on c of Francois, acute on e of Bozize)
Honorat Cocksiss Ouilebona was among several dozen untried detainees and others
serving prison sentences who were released in April 1991 following a
presidential amnesty issued on 23 April 1991. He had been arrested on 29 December
1989 in the capital, Bangui. He was detained, apparently without charge or
trial, because of his suspected support for General François Bozizé, his
brother, who has been held since August 1989.
General Bozizé continues to be held at Roux military camp, Camp de Roux.
Eleven other opponents of the government, repatriated with him and detained
at Kassaï (umlaut on i) military camp, Camp Kassaï, were also released in April
1991. General Bozizé and the eleven others had been living in exile for up
to eight years in the People's Republic of Benin, from where they were forcibly
repatriated in August 1989. Before the release of the 11 people arrested with
General Bozizé, Amnesty International was investigating their cases to
establish whether they were prisoners of conscience.
General Bozizé was charged at the end of 1990, together with the 11
repatriated with him, with state security offences. Between January and April
1991 he appeared before the High Court of Justice, Haute cour de Justice, in
Bangui, but the trial was adjourned at each of the three appearances. It is
unclear when he might be tried. Amnesty International continues to investigate
his case to establish whether he might be a prisoner of conscience held on
account of his non-violent political activities.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telexes/telegrams and airmail letters:
- welcoming the news of the release of Honorat Cocksiss Ouilebona and the eleven
people forcibly repatriated with General Bozizé in August 1989 from the People's
Republic of Benin;
- expressing concern at the continued detention of General Bozizé and asking
why his trial has already been postponed three times this year;
- seeking information about the evidence against General Bozizé and asking
to be informed when he will be brought to trial;
- urging the authorities to release him if he is detained solely on account
of his non-violent political activities.
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APPEALS TO:
Son Excellence
Général d'Armée André KOLINGBA
Président de la République
Palais de la Renaissance
Bangui
République centrafricaine
Telexes: 5300 PRESICAB RC; 5201 VICEPRE RC
Telegrams: President KOLINGBA, Bangui, RCA
Monsieur Edouard FRANK
Premier Ministre et Chef du Gouvernement
Palais de la Renaissance
Bangui
République centrafricaine
Telegrams: Premier Ministre FRANK, Bangui, RCA
Telexes: 5300 PRESICAB RC; 5201 VICEPRE RC
Monsieur Jean KPWOKA
Ministre de la Justice et Garde des Sceaux
Ministère de la Justice
Bangui
République centrafricaine
Telegrams: Ministre Justice KPWOKA, Bangui, RCA
COPIES TO:
Monsieur Christophe GRELOMBE
Conseiller en matières de la Défense au Président
de la République
Présidence de la République
Palais de la Renaissance
Bangui
République centrafricaine
Monsieur Laurent GOMINA-PAMPALI
Ministre des Affaires étrangères
Ministère des Affaires étrangères
BP 936
Bangui
République centrafricaine
Monsieur Ismaila NIMAGA
Ministre de la Sécurité publique
et de l'Administration du territoire
Ministère de l'Administration du territoire
Bangui
République centrafricaine
and to diplomatic representatives of the Central African republic in your
country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office if sending appeals after 13 June 1991.

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