Former militia chief found guilty of war crimes in DRC

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A former militia chief in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of acting as an accessory to one crime against humanity and four war crimes.

Germain Katanga was found guilty of the crimes relating to murder and attacking civilian populations committed on 24 February 2003.

Militias from the Lendu ethnic group – to which Katanga belongs were alleged to have attacked the village of Borogo in Ituri district in the north-east of the country.

The fighters reportedly killed 200 civilians and committed mass rape.

Katanga was acquitted of charges of rape and sexual slavery.

Presiding Judge Bruno Cotte said that Katanga was to remain in detention until sentencing.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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