Congolese ‘Terminator’ Warlord to Appeal 30-Year Sentence

Nicknamed the “Terminator”, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was handed the ICC’s longest ever sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity (AFP Photo/Peter DEJONG)

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda’s lawyers said Friday they will appeal a 30-year jail term handed down by the International Criminal Court, adding that the former rebel was “at peace” with himself.

Ntaganda, nicknamed the “Terminator” for his reign of terror in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 2000s, was given the tribunal’s longest-ever sentence on Thursday for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“Bosco Ntaganda’s defence… intends to appeal the sentencing judgment,” his lawyers said in a statement, adding that the decision by the court “contains many errors of law and fact”.

“Bosco Ntaganda is fine and remains strong. Bosco Ntaganda is at peace with himself.”

The Rwandan-born 46-year-old has already appealed his conviction in July on 18 counts including murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.

Judges said Ntaganda was a “key leader” of the Union of Congolese Patriots rebel group and its military wing, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), in the DRC’s mineral-rich volatile Ituri region in 2002 and 2003.

Most of the charges against him related to a series of gruesome massacres of villagers carried out by his fighters.

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SOURCE: Yahoo! News / AFP