DR Congo rebel leader accused of ‘interfering with witnesses’

  • November 11, 2016

 Former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader has been accused by Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for interfering with witnesses in an attempt to influence the outcome of his war crimes trial.

Bosco Ntaganda’s phone conversations showed that was involved “in a broad scheme to pervert the course of justice, including by coaching potential defence witnesses, obstructing prosecution investigations and interfering with prosecution witnesses,” chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in court papers.

She called for “appropriate measures to be taken to safeguard the integrity” of the trial.

Gen Ntaganda and his lawyers have not yet commented on the allegation.

Gen Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, is on trial at the ICC for alleged murder, using child soldiers and keeping women as sex slaves in eastern DR Congo between 2002 and 2003.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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