DRC warlord sentence reduced by ICC

By Editorial Board - 13 November 2015 at 11:52 pm
Germain Katanga, a Congolese national, sits in the courtroom of the ICC during the closing statements in the trial against Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday May 15, 2012.  Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court are urging judges to convict two Congolese warlords of commanding fighters who wiped out a village in 2003, killing more than 200 civilians, including women children and the elderly. (AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool)

AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool

Today the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) reviewed Germain Katanga’s sentence deciding to reduce it, reported the ICC in The Hague.

Katanga is a convicted Congolese war criminal who was sentenced to 12 years in prison 2014 and he is the first ICC convict to be freed, reported Reuters.

Even though Katanga was sentenced in 2014 he has been in the custody of the ICC since 2007. The time he has spent in detention since has counted toward his sentence.

Agence France-Presse reported that Katanga will be freed in January due to expressing regret for his past wrongdoings.

The Panel of three Judges found that Mr. Katanga had “repeatedly and publically taken responsibility for the crimes for which he was convicted, as well as expressed regret for the harm caused to the victims by his actions”.

Katanga was convicted of one count of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes for leading his militia, the Patriotic Resistance Force, to attack a village killing around 200 civilians in 2003.

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