Bokassa led a bloodless military intervention that overthrew the government of David Dacko in January, 1966, it was gathered that Dacko left the Palais de la Renaissance on the late hours of 31 December, 1965 to pay a visit to a Minister's plantations still within the nation's capital.
After the successful coup, Bokassa declared himself the leader of the country and assumed full responsibilities, he first suspended the country's constitution and desolved the National Assembly.
He initiated a quiet number of draconia policies like citizens who are up to 18 to 55 years must show evidence that they are working or risk being thrown to prison or paying a fine; begging of all sorts were placed on ban; a morality brigade was established to monitor bars and dance halls; famale circumcision and many more.
It was on record that the dictator ruled for a period of fourteen years and even crowned himself the emperor of the country, his government murdered school children for protesting a mandatory wearing of school uniforms.
His rulership ended after another bloodless coup d'etat in 1979.
After his dethronment, he was tried in absentia and convicted of all the accusations against him and was sentenced to death in 1980. It was noted that when he returned from exile in 1986 and was apprehended by Government officials and a fresh trial was instituted against him, and the charges were bordered on treason, cannibalism, murder, embezzlement and many more, though, he pleaded not guilty of those charges against him.
Bokassa was later found guilty of all the charges against him except that of cannibalism and sentenced him to death. President Kolingba cancelled the death sentence against him and commuted it to life imprisonment in solitary confinement and later, it was reduced 20 years. In 1993, when democratic governance was ushered in to the country, general pardon was given to every prisoner, including Bokassa.
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