DRC ‘Terminator’ at war crimes trial
Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has pleaded not guilty to all charges at the start of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.
The 18 charges include murder, rape and the recruitment of child soldiers.
The 41-year-old is accused of killing at least 800 civilians during separate attacks on a number of villages between 2002 and 2003.
He is also accused of raping girl soldiers and keeping them as sex slaves.
“Humanity demands justice for these crimes,” ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the court.
Evidence has been gathered from more than 2,000 alleged victims, including former child soldiers.
Nicknamed “The Terminator”, Gen Ntaganda’s trial is the biggest and most complex case in the ICC’s history.
He fought for different rebel groups as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army.