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DR Congo warlord Ntaganda to face judges Tuesday: ICC

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Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda will face International Criminal Court judges for the first time on Tuesday following his transfer from Rwanda to The Hague, the court announced on Friday.

"The initial appearance of Bosco Ntaganda before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at 11:00 am (1000 GMT)," it said in a statement.

Wanted since 2006 by the ICC, Ntaganda on Friday flew out of Kigali bound for the Netherlands, where the ICC, the world's first permanent court to try the world's worst crimes, is based.

At his first appearance, judges will verify his identity and the language in which he will be able to follow the hearings. He will also be informed of the charges against him, the court said.

Nicknamed "The Terminator" the former warlord faces 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive northeast Ituri region between September 2002 and September 2003.

Ntaganda was allegedly involved in the brutal murder of at least 800 people in villages in the eastern part of the country, using children in his rebel army and keeping women as sex slaves.

He surprised US embassy staff in Kigali on Monday when he walked in off the street and reportedly asked for help in reaching the ICC.

Ntaganda's plane was expected to land in the Netherlands later on Friday night.

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