International court sentences Congolese warlord to 12 years for war crimes

by Reuters
Friday, 23 May 2014 08:07 GMT

Congolese warlord Germain Katanga is seen on the television screens in the pressroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during his trial in The Hague, Netherlands, March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Nijhuis/Pool

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AMSTERDAM, May 23 (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court on Friday sentenced Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison for crimes including murder and pillaging committed during an attack on a village in 11 years ago.

Katanga becomes only the second person to be sentenced by the court in more than a decade of existence. He was 24 when he participated in an attack on the Democratic Republic of Congo village of Bogoro in the mineral-rich north-eastern Ituri region, during which some 200 ethnic Hema civilians were killed.

Presiding judge Bruno Cotte ordered that the seven years Katanga had already spent in the ICC's detention centre should count towards his sentence. He can appeal his conviction.

(Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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