ICC prosecutor pushes arrest of rebels for DR Congo crimes

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International Criminal Court

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is seeking new war crimes charges against Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo accused Mr. Ntaganda of murder, ethnic persecution, rape and sexual slavery.

The ICC Prosecutor is also seeking similar charges against Sylvestre Mudacumura, military commander of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda or FDLR militia.

Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said he made the public announcement Monday at the United Nations in New York to send a strong message.

"The followers of Ntaganda and Mudacumura have to understand that it is time for them to demobilize and stop their crimes, even help in arresting the leaders."

He also said that government plans to attack these groups need to take into consideration the fact that past military operations against them have produced civilian casualties.

"So it's time to refine the methods and we hope the Congolese army and the Rwandan army, if it is involved, can transform these military operations into arrest operations."

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