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ICC orders $30m for Congolese warlord victims

  • Published at 03:58 pm March 9th, 2021
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda
File Photo: Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda is seen in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands on November 7, 2019 Reuters

Nicknamed the ‘Terminator’ for his reign of terror in the early 2000s, Ntaganda was jailed for 30 years in 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday awarded victims of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda $30 million in reparations.

Nicknamed the "Terminator" for his reign of terror in the early 2000s, Ntaganda was jailed for 30 years in 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"In light of the circumstances of the case and bearing in mind the rights of the convicted person, the chamber set the total reparations award for which Mr Ntaganda is liable at $30 million," the court said in a statement.

The court asked the court's trust fund for victims to arrange for the reparations to be made, or to find further funds as necessary, as Ntaganda was unable to pay.

"Eligible victims include direct and indirect victims of the attacks, of crimes against child soldiers, of rape and sexual slavery, and children born out of rape and sexual slavery," the court said.

The Rwandan-born Ntaganda was convicted of 18 counts including murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Judges said Ntaganda was a "key leader" of the Union of Congolese Patriots rebel group and its military wing, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), in the DRC's mineral-rich and volatile Ituri region in 2002 and 2003. Ntaganda has appealed the sentence.

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