News / Africa

US Diplomat Urges Rwanda to Transfer Ntaganda to ICC

Indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda poses for a photograph during an interview in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2010. Indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda poses for a photograph during an interview in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2010.
x
Indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda poses for a photograph during an interview in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2010.
Indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda poses for a photograph during an interview in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2010.
TEXT SIZE - +
Gabe Joselow
— A senior U.S. diplomat has urged Rwanda to allow the transfer of rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda to the International Criminal Court. Ntaganda walked into the U.S. embassy in Kigali earlier this week and asked to be transferred to The Hague, where he is facing charges for war crimes.
 
In a telephone briefing Wednesday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson called for Rwanda’s “full and complete cooperation” to allow Ntaganda to be transported from the U.S. embassy to the airport as ICC officials arrive in the country.
 
“Yes, he is in the American embassy. Yes, there are ICC officials en route. But between the embassy and the airport, it is in effect important that his movement, his transport, in no way be inhibited,” said Carson.
 
U.S. officials have said they had no prior knowledge that Ntaganda had plans to turn himself in until he arrived Monday at the embassy. Now they are trying to determine how to meet his request and to facilitate his transfer to The Hague.
 
Rwandan officials have said Ntaganda’s transfer is a matter between the U.S. and the ICC, and has nothing to do with Rwanda. But the country’s justice minister has indicated Kigali will allow safe passage.
 
Carson said U.S. diplomats are in conversations with Rwanda and other international partners on the issue.
 
“We hope that the Rwandan government will work with the U.S. government, with the Dutch government, and with the appropriate international authorities, the ICC and the U.N., to facilitate the transfer,” said Carson.
 
While Rwanda has suggested no reason it would hold up the transfer, analysts speculate officials might interfere because of Rwanda's alleged support for the Rwandan-born Ntaganda and his M23 movement, and possibly fears that he could divulge information about that relationship if brought to court.
 
Rwanda strongly denies supporting the rebels, who defected from the Congolese army last year, and seized territory in eastern Congo.
 
Ntaganda is facing charges at the ICC of being criminally responsible for war crimes as a commander of rebels in eastern Congo in the early 2000s. The crimes include murder, rape and sexual slavery.
 
Another former commander from the same rebel group, Thomas Lubanga, already has been tried by the ICC and sentenced to 14 years in prison for crimes relating to the forced conscription of child soldiers - charges Ntaganda also is facing.

You May Like

Multimedia Relatives of South Korean Ferry Victims Fire at Authorities

46 people are confirmed dead, but some 250 remain trapped inside sunken ferry More

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

$84 million project aims to clean up soil contaminated by Agent Orange More

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: walla richard from: Douala_Cameroon
March 21, 2013 10:22 AM
Why is it that any warlord from Africa most be taken to the Hague for judgement? Are African courts not competent enough to judge this individuals. Even democratically elected leaders are chased out of their seats and taken to the Hague for the same purpose.We understand Today that African union is a toothless bulldog and has nothing to offer to our belove continent.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid