Bosco Ntaganda’s trial continues

By Editorial Board - 3 September 2015 at 3:34 pm
Rwandan-born warlord Bosco Ntaganda is seen during his first appearance before judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday March 26, 2013, since his surprise surrender to face charges including murder, rape pillaging and using child soldiers in eastern Congo. Ntaganda had been one of the court's longest-sought fugitives until he unexpectedly became the first suspect to voluntarily turn himself in by seeking refuge last week at the U.S. Embassy in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Ntaganda allegedly led rebels who terrorized eastern Congo in brutal tribal fighting from 2002 till 2003. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool

Today, lawyers of notorious Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda attempted to work against the view that their client is violent and bloodthirsty, Reuters reported. They argued that he was a professional soldier who was attempting to protect civilians from the violence and turmoil in Congo in the early 2000s.

Accounts of rape and sexual slavery have dominated the beginning of the trial at the war crime court in The Hague which has only being going on for two days.

The prosecutors argued that Ntaganda played a significant role in the violence, saying he had formed a guerrilla army in order to strengthen his troops and take the northeast part of Congo for himself. The area is rich in mineral resources.

However, his defense counsel Luc Boutin argued that “The Union of Congolese Patriots’ (UPC) aim was to take political and military control of Ituri and to protect the population from attacks.

Ntaganda is due to take the stand later today.

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