Alfred Yekatom appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague[Piroschka van de Wouw-Nasa-JPL-Cornell-Reuters]

A Central African Republican Militia Leader Alfred Yekatom, has complained at an appearance at the International Criminal Court on Friday that his rights have been violated.

Yekatom, also known as Colonel Rombhot, said in court in The Hague that he was tortured and abused during his arrest in his home country.

Yekatom was a leader of a faction of the mostly Christian anti-Balaka rebel group, which fought largely Muslim Seleka militias across the former French colony.

At the weekend, Yekatom left Bangui in a chartered aircraft. He was flown to The Hague after, he had been arrested two weeks earlier by armed forces.

“He was beaten with a Kalashnikov, the stock,’’ his lawyer said at the ICC, adding that his client was detained for a month without being allowed to talk to a lawyer.

“His fundamental rights were violated.’’

The judges said they would look into the accusations.

At the initial appearance hearing before the court, Yekatom did not have to respond to the allegations against him.

A hearing on the legality of the case against him has been set for early 2019.

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