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Bosco Ntaganda face ICC Trial on war crimes

09, Feb 2014

Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda is to face the international criminal court tomorrow to determine whether he will be tried on charges ranging from murder, rape and sexual slavery to using child soldiers. The charges against Ntaganda go back quite some time. Between 2002 and 2003 the then chief of military operations under the since convicted leader of the Union Of Congolese Patriots (UPC), Thomas Lubanga, is said to have committed grave crimes against humanity. On march 18, 2013, Ntaganda unexpectedly turned himself in at the us embassy in Rwanda, from where he was transferred to the Hague. The tribunal had issued a first warrant for his arrest in 2006. It was the end of a long career in Congo, which spanned numerous militia formations. Most recently, he is said to have exerted considerable power in the March 23 movement (m23), which brought parts of North Kivu province under its control in 2012.

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