Congo Warlord Bosco Ntaganda, Known as ‘the Terminator,’ is Found Guilty of War Crimes by International Criminal Court

The Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court in the Hague on Monday. (Credit: Pool photo by Eva Plevier)
The Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court in the Hague on Monday. (Credit: Pool photo by Eva Plevier)

His army conscripted children and outfitted them with ill-fitting uniforms and AK-47s. Female fighters, some underaged, were made sex slaves.

He personally shot and killed an elderly Catholic priest, and was responsible for the massacre of a village, not sparing women or babies.

A Congolese warlord known as “the Terminator” carried out those and other atrocities in a reign of terror against civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which convicted him on Monday of 13 counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity, committed in the 2002-2003 ethnic conflict between Lendu and Hema in Congo’s Ituri region.

The warlord, Bosco Ntaganda, 45, was convicted by a three-judge panel of charges including murder, rape, sexual slavery, intentionally directing attacks against civilians, ordering the displacement of the civilian population, and conscripting children into an armed group.

He has not yet been sentenced, and has 30 days to appeal. He could face life in prison.

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SOURCE: Anemona Hartocollis
The New York Times