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February 24, 2021: SECO updated Bi Sidi Souleman CAR designation

On Wednesday, apparently in line with updates made by the United Nations, Swiss authorities updated the following Central African Republic sanctions listing:

SSID: 300-43100 Name: Bi Sidi Souleman
DOB: 20 Jul 1962 POB: Bocaranga, Central African Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Sidiki b) “General” Sidiki c) Sidiki Abbas d) Souleymane Bi Sidi e) Bi Sidi Soulemane Address: Koui, Ouham-Pendé prefecture, Central African Republic Nationality: Central African Republic Identification document: Other No. N°235/MISPAT/DIRCAB/DGPC/DGAEI/SI/SP, Central African Republic, Date of issue: 15 Mar 2019 (Laissez-passer, issued by the Minister of Interior of the Central African Republic) Justification: Bi Sidi Souleman leads the Central African Republic (CAR)-based militia group Retour, Réclamation, Réhabilitation (3R) which has killed, tortured, raped, and displaced civilians and engaged in arms trafficking, illegal taxation activities, and warfare with other militias since its creation in 2015. Bi Sidi Souleman himself has also participated in torture. On 6 Feb 2019, 3R signed the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the CAR but has engaged in acts violating the Agreement and remains a threat to the peace, stability and security of the CAR. For instance, on 21 May 2019, 3R killed 34 unarmed civilians in three villages, summarily executing adult males. Bi Sidi Souleman openly confirmed to a UN Entity that he had ordered 3R elements to the villages on the date of the attacks, but did not admit to giving the orders for 3R to kill. In Dec 2020, after having joined a coalition of armed groups established to disrupt the electoral process, Bi Sidi Souleman was reportedly killed during fighting. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link available. Other information: Designation: President and self-proclaimed “general” of the Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation (3R) Modifications: Listed on 5 Aug 2020, amended on 22 Feb 2021

FINMA Notice

Data files of updates – PDF, XML

Categories: Central African Republic sanctions Sanctions Lists SECO Updates


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