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Tribunal postponed African Republic War crimes case

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The long-awaited trial of the war crimes tribunal in the Central African Republic has been postponed

This is the second adjournment of the trial in April.

Paul Yakola, a lawyer for one of the war crimes suspects, told reporters that the defendants’ lawyers had asked the court to adjourn the hearing due to lack of preparation for the case.

However, prosecutor Alain Wabibikaye said he believed it was a ploy to delay the start of a long-awaited trial on war crimes charges.

The hearing was adjourned to April 19, when the defendants’ lawyers boycotted the hearing.

The case is related to the May 2019 massacre of 46 civilians in the villages of Koundjili and Lemouna in the northern Central African Republic.