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23 September 2017 14:46 (South Africa)

Alleged DRC warlords plead not guilty at ICC war crimes trial

Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, accused of being Congo militia leaders, have denied at the International Criminal Court in The Hague that they were involved in war crimes. They are accused of directing an attack on a village in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003, in which more than 200 people were killed. They also face charges of ordering attacks on civilians, ordering rapes and enlisting child soldiers. This is not the first such trial at the ICC. An earlier trial involving DRC defendants made it clear that the use of children in armed combat is a war crime that will be prosecuted at the international level. Read more:  BBC, Human Rights Watch

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