ICC judges to determine if former Congolese rebel goes to trial

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Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have four days to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to charge former Congolese rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda.

As the former Commander of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), General Ntaganda is suspected of 13 counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity.

Some of the crimes Ntaganda is alleged to have committed include the recruitment and use of child soldiers under the age of 15, as well as murder, rape and sexual slavery.

These crimes were allegedly committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 1 September 2002 and the end of September 2003.

The confirmation of charges hearing is a public hearing during which the Chamber will decide whether or not to confirm all or any of the charges brought against him.

The ICC had issued two warrants of arrest for Bosco Ntaganda who is a Congolese citizen, in August 2006 and July 2012.

He has been in the ICC's custody since March last year when he voluntarily surrendered himself.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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