|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 1996|
president of central african republic from 1966-1979.he served in the french army from 1939-1961,then organized his country's army,becoming commander in chief in 1963.in 1966 he led an army coup against president david dacko,becoming president and prime minister of the republic.declared president for life in 1972,he crowned himself emperor of the so-called central african empire in 1977.erractic and violent ,he was overthrown by a french supported coup in 1979 that reinstated dacko as president.bokassa lived in exile in france and cote d'ivoire,returning to the central african republic in 1987.he was arrested and charged with torture and murder.convicted of murdering several political opponents ,bokassa was sentenced to death ,but that was later commuted to life in prison.he was released in 1993.bokassa died in bangui,central african republic on november 3rd,1996.
Created by: Gordon Norman
Record added: Mar 14, 2005
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