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ICC Delivers Shocking Verdict: DR Congo Warlord Ordered to Pay $30m in Reparations!

The International Criminal Court has announced a more than $30 million reparations package for the victims of warlord Bosco Ntaganda in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ntaganda, also known as the “Terminator,” was convicted in 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The court initially awarded $30.3 million in reparations, but last year ordered a review to determine the exact number of victims.

On Friday, the court confirmed the liability for reparations at $31.3 million. However, Ntaganda does not have the funds to pay, so the money will come from the Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC. The court has urged officials to continue searching for any undisclosed assets of Ntaganda and to monitor his finances. The judges have identified approximately 7,500 direct and indirect victims of violent attacks, as well as 3,000 victims of crimes against child soldiers. The individual amounts for each victim were not disclosed, but the overall payment will include approximately $11 million for socio-economic support and $5 million for mental care due to psychological harm.

  1. The reparations also include funding for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers, estimated at around $4,000 per person.

Ntaganda’s 30-year sentence for war crimes was upheld on appeal earlier this year. The judges emphasized that his conviction is final, and his responsibility to repair the harm caused to the victims is indisputable. The court is committed to efficiently advancing these reparation proceedings to ensure that the victims receive the reparations they are entitled to without further delay. Ntaganda, a Rwandan-born warlord, was found guilty of crimes including murder, sexual slavery, rape, and utilizing child soldiers. He was the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the International Criminal Court.

Source: AFP

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