ICC upholds Congolese warlord’s war crimes conviction

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ANKARA

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday upheld the conviction of Democratic Republic of Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The ICC Appeals Chamber in The Hague confirmed the conviction by a majority decision which found Ntaganda guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in the country’s Ituri province in 2002-2003.

Ntaganda had appealed his 30-year prison sentence given on Nov. 7, 2019.

Earlier this month the court-ordered collective reparations of $30 million to direct and indirect victims of the crimes for which Ntaganda was convicted.

Ntaganda, also known as “The Terminator,” was deputy chief of staff and commander of the Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC).

The Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and its military wing, the FPLC, were at all times involved in at least one non-international armed conflict with an opposing party in Ituri province of the DRC from Aug. 6, 2002, to Dec. 13, 2003, according to the ICC.

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