Bosco Ntaganda, Congolese former rebel popularly known as “The Terminator”, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by the International Criminal Court after being convicted earlier this year of war crimes, including murder, rape and sexual slavery. This sentence is now the highest-ever penalty handed down by The Hague-based court.
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) found in July that fighters loyal to Ntaganda had carried out gruesome massacres of civilians.
As Ntaganda listened intently, judge Robert Fremr ran through an extensive list of atrocities carried out by Ntaganda’s men, including rape and sexually enslavement of young children. Judge Fremr highlighted the case of a 13-year-old rape victim who underwent years of surgery and developed a long-lasting fear that caused her to drop out of school.
He told the defendant there were no real mitigating circumstance in his case, but said his crimes, “despite their gravity and his degree of culpability”, did not merit a life sentence. Ntaganda has already appealed against his conviction.