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International Criminal Court Jails Warlord Germain Katanga

 / Updated  / Source: Reuters
Image: Former Congolese warlord militiaman Germain Katanga
Germain Katanga sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2009.MICHAEL KOOREN / AFP - Getty Images, file

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - 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.

Image: Former Congolese warlord militiaman Germain Katanga
Germain Katanga sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2009.MICHAEL KOOREN / AFP - Getty Images, file

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 center should count towards his sentence. He can appeal his conviction.

- Reuters

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