Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions?

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Gilles Kepel, Islamic and Arab world specialist

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'What would you do?'

Read more

  • US and EU slap Russia with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Israel ramps up Gaza bombardment

    Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

  • Calls mount to ban France’s ‘violent’ Jewish Defence League

    Read more

  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez’s ‘little bird’ strikes again

    Read more

  • France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs born in French zoo

    Read more

  • France evacuates its nationals from Libya

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

  • Karzai’s cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

Africa

International Court convicts Congolese warlord of war crimes

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-07

Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was convicted at the International Criminal Court on Friday of being an accessory to four war crimes and one crime against humanity committed during a 2003 village attack in which some 200 civilians were killed.

The Hague-based court, however, acquitted Katanga, also known as "Simba", of other charges related to the attack on the village of Bogoro in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo on February 24, 2003.

Reading the verdict, only the second conviction in the International Criminal Court's 11-year history, presiding judge Bruno Cotte said that without Katanga's aid in procuring firearms, the attack would not have been as bloody.

"Absent that supply of weapons ... commanders would not have been able to carry out the attack with such efficiency," Cotte said at the conclusion of the five-year trial.

Katanga was the one-time commander of the ethnic-based Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri, operating in the diamond-rich northeast of Congo.

The case was a key test of the prosecutors' ability to bring solid cases and win at the tribunal in The Hague. The verdict was only the ICC's third since opening its doors more than a decade ago. It was also the first time charges at the court have included sexual violence.

Katanga, 35, faced seven counts of war crimes and three of crimes against humanity, including murder, sexual slavery and rape for his alleged role in the attack.

Prosecutors alleged Katanga and his force of the Ngiti and Lendu tribes attacked villagers of the Hema ethnic group with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and machetes.

The conviction was controversial. In a dissenting opinion, judge Christine van den Wijngaerdt said the decision to convict Katanga as an accessory, when he had originally been charged with playing an essential role in the attack, meant his trial was unfair.

 (FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

 

 

 

Date created : 2014-03-07

  • THE HAGUE

    Warlord Ntaganda protests his innocence at the ICC

    Read more

  • DR CONGO

    ICC sentences Congolese warlord to 14 years in jail

    Read more

  • JUSTICE

    From Lubanga to Kony, is the ICC only after Africans?

    Read more

COMMENT(S)