Congo war crimes suspect denies charges in first appearance before ICC Samuel Franklin at 5:03 PM ET
[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] denied charges at his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, pillage, using child soldiers and other crimes. After a court official read out the charges [Guardian report], Ntaganda said he pleaded not guilty. Members of the court cut him off and told him that he did not have to enter a plea at the hearing. The evidence against Ntaganda will be weighed in a subsequent hearing [press release] slated for September 23.
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