Eric Danboy Bagale
Eric Danboy Bagale is a Central African national. In his country of origin he was a “Liberator”, the name given to supporters of General François Bozizé who brought him to power in 2003, after overthrowing President Ange-Félix Patassé. A member of the Gbaya ethnic group, Bagale had become a senior official in the anti-Balaka militias. These armed groups were formed to fight the Séléka militias, an alliance of rebels from the Muslim-majority north of the Central African Republic, which ousted President Bozizé from power in 2013.
The numerous massacres perpetrated by both sides have plunged the country into a violent civil war. According to the United Nations, which accused both sides of war crimes, between 3’000 and 6’000 people died, mostly civilians, between 2013 and 2015.
According to the prosecution, Bagale arrived in France in 2014. He fled the Central African Republic with relatives of President François Bozizé. France and Monaco have frozen Bagale’s assets, accusing him of working “to destabilize the Central African Republic” and attempting “to commit an act of terrorism”.
Bagale was arrested in France on 15 September 2020 and indicted on 18 September 2020 for war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture, enforced disappearances and complicity in these crimes in the Central African Republic between 2007 and 2014.