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    ICC to Put Congolese Warlord on Trial for War Crimes

    FILE - Bosco Ntaganda awaits the start of a hearing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
    FILE - Bosco Ntaganda awaits the start of a hearing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
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    Prosecutors have presented enough evidence to justify putting on trial a Congolese militia leader accused of rape, murder and enlisting child soldiers, judges at the International Criminal Court said on Monday.
     
    Bosco Ntaganda, widely known as “the Terminator,” surrendered to the U.S. embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali in March and was transferred to the ICC in The Hague.
     
    FILE - A Congolese government army soldier displays a mortar round after his unit returned from the frontline of fighting against rebel forces believed to be led by former warlord Bosco Ntaganda, in Kinyamahura, Congo.FILE - A Congolese government army soldier displays a mortar round after his unit returned from the frontline of fighting against rebel forces believed to be led by former warlord Bosco Ntaganda, in Kinyamahura, Congo.
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    FILE - A Congolese government army soldier displays a mortar round after his unit returned from the frontline of fighting against rebel forces believed to be led by former warlord Bosco Ntaganda, in Kinyamahura, Congo.
    FILE - A Congolese government army soldier displays a mortar round after his unit returned from the frontline of fighting against rebel forces believed to be led by former warlord Bosco Ntaganda, in Kinyamahura, Congo.

    Judges said in a statement there was sufficient evidence of his involvement to proceed to a trial. He will face 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged involvement in a surge of ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo more than a decade ago.
     
    Prosecutors will now seek to prove the charges against Ntaganda, who commanded the United of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia, in a trial.
     
    “There was a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population,” the judges said in a statement. The UPC militia targeted “civilians perceived to be non-Hema, such as those belonging to Lendu, Bira and Nande ethnic groups”.
     
    Success for court

    The decision marked a rare success for prosecutors, who have struggled to build solid cases at the court, established more than a decade ago to prosecute individuals responsible for war crimes.
     
    The New York-based Human Rights Watch said Monday's decision would open the way for broader justice in wartorn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
     
    “The ICC decision sending Ntaganda to trial opens the door to justice for victims of horrific crimes in Ituri,” said Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, international justice advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.
     
    “Ntaganda's upcoming trial will send a powerful message to those responsible for grave crimes in Congo that justice will eventually catch up with them.”

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    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    June 09, 2014 8:58 PM
    This is discrimination towards the African warlords. We don't condone what they are doing, cuz they need to be punish. and if they are found guilty, they need to face the death penalty. What if them the right to take away someone life, That the ICC cannot do the same? Beside Assad, there are lot of other people, Hamas, Hezbollah leader, etc etc. These people need to be punish. Assad needs to face the ICC for all the atrocity he has committed in Syria. And for the death of the Syrian people. The UN, the EU, the ICC and the U.S need to have peace enforcement troop, to stop those violence around the world. They need to have faithful people from around the world to join the troop, not those corrupt people. Cuz they have problem in Liberia, the UN can sent the peace enforcement troop. Those are people who are ready to fight in the name of peace. And if we do that, the world will have less problem. Cuz people like Assad will know that he has the world to fight, not only Israel. But the ICC needs to do more. we expect more from the ICC.

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    June 09, 2014 7:32 PM
    The ICC, is it only for Africa? Look at Assad is doing to his people, Is the ICC afraid of Assad? what is going on? The Man gas his own people with chemical weapon and the ICC sat there and allowed him to do it with out him paying a price for that which he did. The ICC is a Joke. They need to shut down the ICC. Let justice be done to all man equally. The ICC needs to get Assad too.

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