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ICC convicts DR Congo militia boss of war crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday convicted Congolese ex-militia boss Germain Katanga of war crimes for arming an ethnic militia that carried out a 2003 village massacre with guns and machetes. "The chamber by majority finds Germain Katanga guilty... of complicity in the crimes committed on February 24, 2003," said judge Bruno Cotte. Katanga was convicted of arming the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri (FRPI) who then committed murder and pillaging, but judges cleared him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers in the attack on Bogoro village.

ICC convicts DR Congo militia boss of war crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday convicted Congolese ex-militia boss Germain Katanga of war crimes for arming an ethnic militia that carried out a 2003 village massacre with guns and machetes. "The chamber by majority finds Germain Katanga guilty... of complicity in the crimes committed on February 24, 2003," said judge Bruno Cotte. Katanga was convicted of arming the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri (FRPI) who then committed murder and pillaging, but judges cleared him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers in the attack on Bogoro village.

DR Congo militia boss faces ICC war crimes verdict

The International Criminal Court was due to deliver its verdict Friday in the trial of Congolese ex-militia boss Germain Katanga, accused of using child soldiers in a 2003 attack on a village in the vast central African country, killing 200 people. Judge Bruno Cotte is to read the verdict at 0830 GMT in the case against Katanga, the one-time commander of the ethnic-based Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri (FRPI), operating in the DR Congo's mineral-rich northeast.

UN says over 70 civilians executed in eastern DR Congo

More than 70 men and women have been summarily executed in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) said Thursday. "The reports received by MONUSCO suggest that the summary executions were allegedly committed mainly by armed groups to spread terror among the population. The majority of the victims were killed with machete," MONUSCO said in a statement.

UN says over 70 civilians executed in eastern DR Congo

More than 70 men and women have been summarily executed in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) said Thursday. "The reports received by MONUSCO suggest that the summary executions were allegedly committed mainly by armed groups to spread terror among the population. The majority of the victims were killed with machete," MONUSCO said in a statement.

DR Congo militia boss to face ICC verdict on March 7

The International Criminal Court Tuesday postponed its verdict on the war crimes trial of former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga to March 7. The verdict, only the third in the court's history, was originally set for Friday, but was delayed because "one of the judges is currently unavailable for health reasons," the Hague-based tribunal said in a statement.

UN says drone crashes in DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said one of its two new surveillance drones crashed after technical problems on Wednesday but no one was hurt. The accident took place around 10:00 am local time (0800 GMT) as the drone was landing at the airport in Goma, capital of the troubled North Kivu province, said the MONUSCO mission's spokesman Carlos Araujo. The pilotless aircraft "left the runway while landing", said Araujo.

DR Congo militia boss to face ICC verdict in February

Former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga will face judgement before the International Criminal Court on February 7 in his war crimes trial, in which he is accused of using child soldiers and women as sex slaves. "Today, the trial chamber... scheduled a hearing to deliver the judgement in the case of the prosecutor vs Germain Katanga," the Hague-based tribunal said in a statement on Tuesday.

Advancing DR Congo troops 'push back rebels'

Advancing government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo cleared rebels from strategic positions in the restive east, local and army officials said Sunday, as the fighting claimed the life of a UN peacekeeper. The FARDC regular army took back control of both the city of Rutshuru and the rebel-held town of Kiwanja, home to a base used by the UN mission MONUSCO that had been repeatedly looted by rebels, said the governor of North-Kivu province, Julien Paluku.

Advancing DR Congo troops 'push back rebels'

Advancing government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo cleared rebels from strategic positions in the restive east, a local official said Sunday, as the M23 warned it would pull out of stalled peace talks. The FARDC regular army took back control of both the city of Rutshuru and the rebel-held town of Kiwanja, home to a base used by the UN mission MONUSCO that had been repeatedly looted by rebels, said the governor of North-Kivu province, Julien Paluku.
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