Congo militia leader charged with war crimes makes first ICC appearance Leslie Schulman at 3:14 PM ET
[JURIST] Former Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) warlord Germain Katanga [Trial Watch profile; ICC materials] made an anticipated appearance [press release; JURIST report] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague Monday. Katanga, only the second criminal defendant to appear before the tribunal so far, is accused of ordering fighters under his command to "wipe out" [ICC OTP press release] the northeast Congolese village of Bogoro in 2003, where hundreds of civilians were killed and women were forced into sexual slavery. Katanga is charged with three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes for his role in the attack. Before the ICC Monday, Katanga alleged that he has been detained without charge since 2005, after being arrested for his possible role in the killing of nine United Nations workers [NY Times report]. AP has more.
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