Germany commended for trial of Rwandan rebel leaders

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FDLR ex-combatants who voluntarily surrendered to the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). File Photo: MONUSCO

A German court’s trial of two leaders of a Rwandan armed group operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been commended by the UN Secretary-General.

Dr Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni, president and vice-president, respectively, of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR), were charged with holding a leadership role in a foreign terrorist organization.

They were also charged with aiding in committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The judgement was the first of its kind and an "excellent example" of how national courts and the UN can work together to fight impunity, according to a statement issued by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

Dianne Penn reports.

The two rebel leaders were sentenced on Monday to 13 years and 8 years, respectively, by the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended Germany for conducting the trial and for heeding repeated calls by the Security Council for countries to prosecute FDLR elements in their territories.

The rebel group has been operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for years. Its leaders and members were among perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Mr Ban described the judgement as an "excellent example" of how national courts and the UN can work together to fight impunity and ensure those allegedly responsible for serious international crimes are held accountable.

He also stressed the importance of swiftly neutralizing the FDLR and other armed groups operating in the eastern DRC in order to bring stability to the country and the Great Lakes region.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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