In Summary
  • Bosco Ntaganda faced life in prison for a litany of crimes including directing massacres of civilians in Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003.
  • A statement from the ICC said the time Ntaganda has spent in detention at the ICC - from March 22, 2013 to November 7- will be deducted from this sentence. 
  • It said that considering the nature and gravity of the crimes and the warlord's solvency, a fine or forfeiture of proceeds in addition to imprisonment was considered inappropriate.

THE HAGUE,

International Criminal Court Judges on Thursday sentenced Congolese rebel chief Bosco "Terminator" Ntaganda to 30 years in prison after he was convicted earlier this year of war crimes and sexual slavery.

Ntaganda faced life in prison for a litany of crimes including directing massacres of civilians in Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003.

He became the first person to be found guilty of sexual slavery when he was convicted by The Hague-based ICC in July. In total he was convicted on 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity.

A statement from the ICC said the time Ntaganda has spent in detention at the ICC - from March 22, 2013 to November 7- will be deducted from this sentence. 

"The Chamber considered the gravity of the crimes and the degree of harm caused by each crime as well as Mr Ntaganda’s culpability, namely his level of intent and degree of participation," the ICC said.

"The Chamber also considered potentially mitigating circumstances but found them either not to be established or considered the weight accorded to be too limited to impact on the individual and overall sentences."

It said that considering the nature and gravity of the crimes and the warlord's solvency, a fine or forfeiture of proceeds in addition to imprisonment was considered inappropriate.

SURRENDER

The Rwandan-born 46-year-old has appealed against his conviction.

"Judges may impose an imprisonment sentence of maximum 30 years or life imprisonment when justified by the extreme gravity of the crime," the ICC said in a statement announcing his sentencing.

The ICC judges heard separately from victims and witnesses in September to help them decide on the sentence.

The first-ever suspect to voluntarily surrender to the ICC, Ntaganda walked into the US embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2013 and asked to be sent to the court in the Netherlands.

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