MADRID, Nov. 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sentenced Bosco Ntanganda, former 'lord of war' in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to 30 years in jail, for 18 counts of war crimes and against humanity for which there were already Been convicted in early July.
Ntaganda was accused of murder, instigation of attacks against civilians, rape, sexual slavery, persecution, looting, forced transfer of civilian population, recruitment of children under 15 in an armed group for their participation in hostilities and destruction of the property of the adversaries .
The former rebel, known as 'Terminator', has been tried for the acts allegedly committed in 2002-2003 when he was the 'number two' of the General Staff of the Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia, an active group in eastern DRC
The court has determined that the UPC and its armed arm, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo (FPLC), were involved in the conflict in Ituri between 2002 and 2003 and that “their conduct against the civilian population was the result of a strategy preconceived”.
His defense has insisted during the process in The Hague that Ntaganda was a loyal and disciplined military commander whose involvement in the events “caused fewer victims instead of more.”
The TPI issued an arrest warrant against Ntaganda in 2006, although he was not arrested until 2013, while the trial started in 2015. The former rebel leader was one of the founders of the M23 rebel group, which maintained a rebellion in the east of country between 2012 and 2013.
Ntaganda was delivered in 2013 at the US Embassy in Rwanda, asking to be handed over to the ICP after apparently escaping from DRC due to internal disputes in armed groups. The time that has passed behind bars – since March 22, 2013 – will be deducted from the 30-year sentence to which he has now been sentenced, as reported by the TPI.