Congo warlords to face justice in The Hague

By Branko Brkic 24 November 2009

Two Democratic Republic of Congo warlords are to go on trial at the war crimes court in The Hague in the Netherlands on charges of ordering attacks on civilians, rapes of women and the enlistment of child soldiers. Germain Katanga (pictured) and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui are accused of directing a 2003 attack on a village in the Ituri region in the north-east of the DRC, as rival groups battled for control of gold, diamonds and oil. Prosecutors say the attack was also a bout of ethnic cleansing. About 200 people were killed, predominantly the village’s Hema ethnic inhabitants. Read more: Reuters, Human Rights Watch