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ICC upholds Bosco Ntaganda’s 30-year prison sentence on appeal

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                The International Criminal Court confirmed its decision on Tuesday, March 30.  The former warlord and general of the Congolese army is found guilty of 18 counts for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ituri in 2002 and 2003. At the time, the one whom nicknamed Terminator was one of the leaders of the UPC, one of the militias involved in the civil war.  No mitigating circumstances were recognized.

                                    <p>Thirty years in prison is the heaviest sentence ever imposed by the International Criminal Court.  It must be said that the list of crimes for which Bosco Ntaganda was accused is long: massacres, rapes, sexual slavery, forced displacement campaigns, enlistment of child soldiers ... This warlord was even accused and was found guilty of having killed a priest with his own hands.

The appellate judges have confirmed that Bosco Ntaganda, the military leader of the UPC, had played a decisive role in the crimes committed by his troops in 2002 and 2003 in Ituri. It is therefore the end of a judicial procedure that began in 2006 when the ICC issues an arrest warrant against the man nicknamed the Terminator for his brutality, an arrest warrant that remains secret until 2008.

At that time, Bosco Ntaganda was no longer in Ituri, but in North Kivu, he was one of the military leaders of Laurent Nkunda’s CNDP rebellion. That year, he was accused, among other things, of a massacre in Kiwanja, one crime among others for which he was suspected in North Kivu, without ever having been tried.

The following year, he became general of the Congolese army, thanks to a peace agreement. Bosco Ntaganda returned to rebellion in 2012 after rumors of arrest. This is the birth of M23. His eternal rebellious career ended in 2013 when, threatened by his former comrades in arms, he surrendered himself to the United States Embassy in Kigali.

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