Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, who was convicted of war crimes and sexual slavery earlier this year by the International Criminal Court (ICC), is now fixed on his conviction.
The end of this trial is a great victory for Fatou Bensouda and her team. Ntaganda, known as the “Terminator“, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a string of crimes, including leading massacres of civilians in the mineral-rich Ituri volatile region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2002 and 2003. According to Al Jazeerala, Ntaganda, 46, became the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery when he was convicted by the ICC based in The Hague in July. In total, he was convicted of 13 counts of war crimes and five crimes against humanity. He appealed his conviction.
During his trial, Ntaganda was presented as the ruthless leader of Tutsi ethnic revolts in the midst of the wars that shook the DRC after the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in neighbouring Rwanda. The judges concluded that Ntaganda was a “key leader” in terms of planning and operations for the rebel group of the Union des Patriotes Congolais and its military wing, the Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (FPLC).