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Justice Years After Disemboweled Bodies Found in Field - Page 2

ICC finds Bosco Ntaganda guilty of war crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2019 10:00 AM CDT

  • The trial: The trial opened in September 2015; closing arguments took place in August 2018. Some 102 people testified, including Ntaganda himself. His lawyers pushed the argument that Ntaganda, who was himself recruited as a child soldier, was also a victim. Among those who took the stand: a woman whose throat was slit by Ntaganda's men.
  • A standout quote: From Presiding Judge Robert Fremr, in reference to a massacre of 49 people that took place in a banana field under Ntaganda's direction: "The bodies of those killed—men, women, and children and babies—were found in the banana field over the next days. Some bodies were found naked, some had their hands tied up, and some had their heads crushed. Several bodies were disemboweled or otherwise mutilated."
  • His sentence: Ntaganda will be sentenced in a yet-to-be-scheduled hearing, though he has 30 days to appeal. CNN reports he faces a maximum of 30 years, but the court has the power to impose a life sentence.
  • The ICC's track record: The AP calls the convictions "a victory" for ICC prosecutors, who've more recently been handed defeats, as with the acquittals of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba. It has notched just four war-crimes convictions to date, along with five convictions related to interfering with witnesses.
(Read more war crimes stories.)

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