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April 28, 1987 | From Reuters
The trial of ousted Central African dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa resumed Monday after a weeklong suspension. The proceedings, which have dragged on since November, were suspended when one of the court's legal counsels fell ill. The 65-year-old former dictator is accused of crimes ranging from murder to cannibalism and embezzlement of state funds.
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November 5, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the former self-proclaimed emperor of the Central African Republic who was accused of slaughtering and eating some of his critics, has died at the age of 75. Bokassa died of a heart attack Sunday evening at a clinic in this capital city. He had been in poor health since suffering a brain hemorrhage in October 1995. The national radio made no mention of the death of Bokassa, who ruled from 1966 until 1979 in one of Africa's most brutal dictatorships.
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November 5, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the former self-proclaimed emperor of the Central African Republic who was accused of slaughtering and eating some of his critics, has died at the age of 75. Bokassa died of a heart attack Sunday evening at a clinic in this capital city. He had been in poor health since suffering a brain hemorrhage in October 1995. The national radio made no mention of the death of Bokassa, who ruled from 1966 until 1979 in one of Africa's most brutal dictatorships.
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September 2, 1993 | Reuters
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the former self-styled emperor who was toppled in 1979 amid accusations of child murder and cannibalism, was freed Wednesday by Central African Republic authorities. President Andre Kolingba ordered the release to mark the 12th anniversary of his rule shortly before it was announced that Kolingba had been defeated in the first round of a presidential election Aug. 22.
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November 15, 1987
The Supreme Court of the Central African Republic rejected deposed President Jean-Bedel Bokassa's appeal of his death sentence for crimes committed during a 13-year reign. Bokassa, 66, was convicted June 12 of ordering illegal arrests, of at least 20 murders of political opponents and of diverting huge sums from the state treasury.
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September 2, 1993 | Reuters
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the former self-styled emperor who was toppled in 1979 amid accusations of child murder and cannibalism, was freed Wednesday by Central African Republic authorities. President Andre Kolingba ordered the release to mark the 12th anniversary of his rule shortly before it was announced that Kolingba had been defeated in the first round of a presidential election Aug. 22.
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October 23, 1986 | Associated Press
Jean Bedel Bokassa, the ousted brutal emperor of the Central African Republic, returned to his homeland today from exile in France and was immediately arrested, an official there said. Bokassa, 65, was overthrown in a French-backed coup in 1979 and sentenced to death in absentia on charges of murder and cannibalism.
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June 13, 1987 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who crowned himself emperor of the impoverished Central African Republic, ruled by bloody fiat and fled without a scratch after a 1979 coup, was convicted and sentenced to death Friday for crimes he committed during his reign. The panel of three judges and six jurors, sitting in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, found the 66-year-old former emperor guilty of murder, embezzling $50 million in public funds and ordering arbitrary arrests.
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February 29, 1988 | Reuters
President Andre Kolingba has commuted the death sentence imposed on ousted Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa to forced labor for life, Bangui radio reported today. The 67-year-old, one-time army sergeant who proclaimed himself emperor was sentenced to death on June 12 for a series of gruesome crimes committed during his 13-year rule. Bokassa returned home unexpectedly in October, 1986, from exile in France to stand trial.
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December 26, 1986 | United Press International
The torture-murder trial of former Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa, originally expected to last less than a week, will continue until March because of the large number of prosecution witnesses, court officials said today. Bokassa, 65, went on trial Nov. 26 on charges of murder, cannibalism and embezzlement during his 13-year rule of the impoverished land-locked Central African Republic.
NEWS
March 1, 1988
Ousted Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa's death sentence has been commuted to forced labor for life, government radio reported from Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Bokassa, 67, had been sentenced to death on June 12 for a series of crimes. They included conspiracy to murder, illegal detention and embezzlement of state funds, committed during his 13-year rule that ended with his downfall in a French-engineered coup in 1979.
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June 13, 1987 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who crowned himself emperor of the impoverished Central African Republic, ruled by bloody fiat and fled without a scratch after a 1979 coup, was convicted and sentenced to death Friday for crimes he committed during his reign. The panel of three judges and six jurors, sitting in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, found the 66-year-old former emperor guilty of murder, embezzling $50 million in public funds and ordering arbitrary arrests.
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April 28, 1987 | From Reuters
The trial of ousted Central African dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa resumed Monday after a weeklong suspension. The proceedings, which have dragged on since November, were suspended when one of the court's legal counsels fell ill. The 65-year-old former dictator is accused of crimes ranging from murder to cannibalism and embezzlement of state funds.
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October 23, 1986 | Associated Press
Jean Bedel Bokassa, the ousted brutal emperor of the Central African Republic, returned to his homeland today from exile in France and was immediately arrested, an official there said. Bokassa, 65, was overthrown in a French-backed coup in 1979 and sentenced to death in absentia on charges of murder and cannibalism.
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