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After weeks of speculation, the wife and political allies of politician-turned-rebel leader Colonel Charles Massi, 57, are convinced he is dead, on the instructions of Central African Republic President François Bozizé. They say he perished in Bossembélé, north-west of Bangui, on 8 January after sustained torture. The government had denied any knowledge of Massi's detention but the affair has still embarrassed CAR: it coincided with the Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale summit in Bangui and with renewed concern about Bozizé's willingness to hold scheduled elections this year.

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Charles Massi, François Bozizé, Ange-Félix Patassé, André Kolingba, French, Chad, Idriss Déby Itno, Denise Massi, Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale, Forum Démocratique pour la Modernité, in absentia, Union des Forces Démocratiques pour le Rassemblement, Convention des Patriotes pour la Justice et la Paix

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