The International Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the verdict and upheld the convictions and 30 years in prison of a Congolese warlord known as “The Terminator” who was guilty of crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery.
Bosco Ntaganda was convicted in July 2019 for his role as commander of rebels responsible for atrocities committed during a brutal ethnic conflict in a mineral-rich region of the Democratic Republic of Congo 2002-2003.
The Global Court found him guilty of a total of 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
On Tuesday, an appeals panel of five judges rejected all 15 of Ntaganda’s challenges to the convictions and also upheld his sentence.
The judges also rejected an appeal by prosecutors challenging a legal point in the original trial decision.
“The Board of Appeal confirms by a majority the decision on conviction and rejects the appeal from Ntaganda and the Prosecutor,” said Judge Howard Morrison, presiding judge.
Ntaganda, wearing a hearing mask, sat down passively while Morrison read out a lengthy summary of the appeals chamber’s findings.
Ntaganda became a symbol of impunity in Africa during the years between his indictment and his submission to court in 2013. He has always insisted that he was innocent.
Judges at his trial did not agree, saying he was guilty as a direct perpetrator of a murder and as an indirect perpetrator of crimes committed by his rebel militia forces including murder, rape of men and women, a massacre in a banana field and hiring. and use child soldiers.
Ntaganda himself used child soldiers as bodyguards in his position as deputy chief of staff and operations commander of the rebel group Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC). FPLC leader Thomas Lubanga was convicted in 2012 by the ICC of using child soldiers. He is serving a 14-year prison sentence.
Earlier this month, ICC judges awarded victims of Ntaganda’s crime $ 30 million in compensation.
( Jowharwith AP)