ICC convicts DRC rebel leader

2014-03-07 12:50
Germain Katanga. (File: AFP)

Germain Katanga. (File: AFP)

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The Hague - The International Criminal Court has convicted a rebel leader of charges including murder and pillage during a deadly attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but acquitted him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.

Germain Katanga showed no emotion as judges convicted him as an accessory in the attack on the strategic village of Bogoro on 24 February 2003, in which at least 200 civilians were hacked or shot to death.

Katanga, nicknamed Simba, is only the second person convicted since the court was established in 2002.

However, one of the three judges slammed Friday's verdict, saying that the court changed the nature of the charges against Katanga during the trial, depriving him of the ability to defend himself.

Katanga will be sentenced after a separate hearing.

- AP

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