The International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken into custody a former Central African Republic (CAR) militia commander suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

On Sunday through a statement, the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda confirmed the arrest of Mahamat Said Abdel Kani after he was handed by the authorities of Central African Republic on account of an ICC arrest warrant issued under seal on January 7 2019.

The warrant relates to alleged crimes committed in the country’s capital Bangui, in 2013.

The Central African Republic has been mired in violence since a coalition of mostly northen and predominantly Muslim rebels known as Seleka, or “Alliance” in the Sango language, seized power from then-president Francois Boizze in March 2013.

However, the date of his appearance in the court is yet to be announced.