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30 years in prison for Terminator from the Congo

The world criminal court in The Hague has sentenced former Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda of war crimes to 30 years in prison. Of life imprisonment, the judges of the International criminal court did in their ruling on Thursday.

they had found the "Terminator" referred to a former war Lord is already in all counts guilty. The court considers it proven that Ntaganda has committed in the years 2002 and 2003, in the Congo, massacre of civilians. In addition, he had been for the sexual enslavement of children, said the presiding judge Robert Fremr from the Czech Republic.

the 46-Year-old of murder, rape and using child was found the soldiers guilty. In the opinion of the court, Ntaganda acted as one of the main leaders of the rebel group, the "Patriotic force for the liberation of the Congo".

Seven years on the run

Ntaganda had set himself in 2013, after seven years on the run. He has always protested his innocence. "I'm a revolutionary, not a criminal," he had said in his closing remarks.

The rebels belonged to the tribe of the Hema and fought for supremacy in the raw material area. The attacks were directed primarily against the ethnic group, the Lendu. "They wanted to destroy the Lendu population," said the judge in a previous session. (step/sda)

Created: 07.11.2019, 19:53 PM

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