War Criminal Bosco Ntaganda Surrenders,Asks to be Taken to ICC

Bosco Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court
Bosco Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court

Democratic Republic of Congo war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda is believed to have handed himself over to the US embassy in Kigali, Rwanda’s foreign minister has said.

“We have learned today [Monday] that Bosco Ntaganda entered Rwanda and surrendered to [the] US Embassy in Kigali,” Louise Mushikiwabo said.

Gen Ntaganda denies charges made by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The US state department said it could not confirm Ms Mushikiwabo’s claim.

Gen Ntaganda, known to his critics as “The Terminator”, faces charges of conscripting child soldiers, murder, ethnic persecution and rape in eastern DR Congo.

In November 2008, international journalists filmed him commanding and ordering his troops in the village of Kiwanja, 90km (55 miles) north of Goma, where 150 people were massacred in a single day.

In 2009, he was integrated into the Congolese national army and made a general following a peace deal between the government and rebel troops he commanded.

However, he defected from the army last April, accusing the government of failing to meet its promises.

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