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Bosco Ntaganda Sentenced To 30 Years’ Imprisonment By Int’l Criminal Court

Unic Press UK: A former Congolese military leader Bosco Ntaganda has been sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment in a unanimous decision of the judges at the Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”).

It was on 8 July 2019 that the Trial Chamber VI found Mr Ntaganda guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2002-2003.

The crimes committed included “murder and attempted murder, rape, sexual slavery, persecution, forcible transfer and deportation ; and the following war crimes: murder and attempted murder, intentionally directing attacks against civilians, rape, sexual slavery, ordering the displacement of the civilian population, conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into an armed group and using them to participate actively in hostilities, intentionally directing attacks against protected objects, and destroying the adversary’s property,” the ICC reports on its website.

Mr Ntaganda has been in detention at the ICC from 22 March 2013 to 7 November 2019, and this period would be deducted from this 30-year sentence.

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