Subscribe

ICC sentences Congo warlord Germain Katanga to 12 years

Germain Katanga, nicknamed Simba, showed no emotion as Presiding Judge Bruno Cotte read out the sentence.

  • close
    Congolese warlord Germain Katanga awaits his verdict in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, May 23. The ICC has sentenced the Congolese warlord to 12 years in prison, after convicting him in March of aiding and abetting crimes including murder and pillage in a notorious 2003 attack on a village in which some 200 people were shot or hacked to death. Germain Katanga, nicknamed Simba, showed no emotion as Presiding Judge Bruno Cotte read out the sentence.
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

The International Criminal Court sentenced a Congolese warlord to 12 years in prison on Friday, after convicting him in March of aiding and abetting crimes including murder and pillage in a notorious 2003 attack on a village in which some 200 people were shot or hacked to death.

Germain Katanga, nicknamed Simba, showed no emotion as Presiding Judge Bruno Cotte read out the sentence.

Katanga is only the second person sentenced by the court. He could be free soon as he already has been in detention at the court for almost seven years.

Recommended: From Libya's Qaddafi to Sudan's Bashir: Key International Criminal Court inquiries

He was convicted for his role on the Feb. 24, 2003, attack on the strategic village of Bogoro in eastern Congo's conflict-hit Ituri province.

Cotte said Katanga, who was 24 at the time, made a "significant contribution" to the crimes. But he also gave Katangacredit for helping demobilize child soldiers in Ituri.

"The sentence of Germain Katanga to 12 years imprisonment by the ICC gives hope to victims and sends a strong signal to all perpetrators of serious crimes who now know that they will be actively pursued and prosecuted," said Joseph Dunia Ruyenzi, a Congolese activist for the Coalition for the ICC, a group that promotes the court's work.

Katanga was convicted in a 2-1 majority verdict of playing an important role in the attack on Bogoro by arming rebel fighters, "reinforcing the strike capability of the militia."

The conviction was controversial, with one of the three judges saying the court's decision to change the nature of charges against Katanga during his prosecution hampered his ability to defend himself.

Katanga originally was charged as an "indirect co-perpetrator" in the crimes, but judges changed the nature of his involvement to cast him as an "accessory," effectively downgrading his involvement in the attack.

Share this story:
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK