Army rape verdicts in DR Congo welcomed by UN

Guilty verdicts against 11 army officers from the Democratic Republic of Congo accused of rape have been welcomed by the United Nations.

DR Congo

The United Nations special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Margot Wallström said the verdicts would help to end impunity for committing rape.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Eleven army officers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were on Wednesday found guilty of rapes of 24 women in Katasomwa, in the South Kivu Province in September last year.

The soldiers also faced charges of pillage, destruction of schools and abduction of children.

The officers include the commander of the 68th Battalion based in Katasomwa, Lieutenant-Colonel Balumisa and the second in command, Major Elia who were sentenced to life imprisonment.

The top United Nations special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Margot Wallström, has said the guilty verdict handed down by the military court shows that no military commander is beyond the law.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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