Congolese militia leader sentenced to 12 years in prison

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Germain Katanga at the hearing held on 23 May 2014 at the seat of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands © ICC-CPI

A former militia leader based in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been sentenced to 12 years in prison by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Germain Katanga a senior commander from the group known as the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI), was convicted by the court in March on four counts of war crimes and one count of crimes against humanity.

Those crimes committed in February 2003, include murder, attacking a civilian population, the destruction of property and pillaging.

At a public hearing on Friday, Presiding Judge Bruno Cotte said, the ICC had to consider "the legitimate need for truth and justice voiced by the victims and their family members."

He added that the crimes carried out in the village of Bogoro were "committed with particular cruelty."

Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries people accused of the most serious offences namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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