International court convicts notorious Congo rebel leader

July 08, 2019 - 4:08 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has convicted a notorious rebel commander known as "The Terminator" of 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery for his role in atrocities in a bloody ethnic conflict in a mineral-rich region of Congo in 2002-2003.

Bosco Ntaganda, who maintained his innocence during his trial, faces a maximum life sentence following his convictions Monday at the global court. He showed no emotion as Presiding Judge Robert Fremr passed judgment.

Ntaganda was first indicted in 2006 and became a symbol of impunity in Africa, even serving as a general in Congo's army before turning himself in in 2013 as his power base crumbled.

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