African ambassador commits suicide in Paris

27th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 26 (AFP) - The ambassador to Paris of the Central African Republic, Nestor Kombot-Naguemon, a former government minister, committed suicide Tuesday at his home in the French capital, police said.

PARIS, Oct 26 (AFP) - The ambassador to Paris of the Central African Republic, Nestor Kombot-Naguemon, a former government minister, committed suicide Tuesday at his home in the French capital, police said.

Kombot-Naguemon, who had been suffering from a serious illness for several months, threw himself out of a window of his home in the fashionable 16th district of the city, a police spokesman said, without giving further details.

A source close to the government in the CAR capital Bangui confirmed that the ambassador had jumped from the sixth floor.

The foreign ministry in Bangui said in a statement only that the ambassador died following an illness, CAR national radio reported.

A well-known political figure in his country, Nestor Kombot-Naguemon, who was about 60 years of age, had served as a minister and an ambassador several times since the country's independence in 1960.

He had served under all CAR leaders from late dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who was forced out in 1979, to current President Francois Bozize.

He was also head of the Liberal Democratic Party, a small party which had backed Ange-Felix Patasse after he became president in 1993.

The foreign ministry hailed Kombot-Naguemon as "a pioneer of central African diplomacy."

© AFP

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