Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, has confirmed that General Bosco Ntaganda has surrendered himself to the US embassy in Kigali.
Rwandan born General Ntaganda has been at large since a warrant for his arrest was issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 22 August 2006. According to Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the US State Department, General Ntaganda has “specifically asked to be transferred to the ICC in The Hague.”
Ntaganda had previously been integrated into the Congolese national army and made a general following a peace deal between the government and rebel troops he commanded in 2009. However, he defected from the army last April, accusing the government of failing to meet its promises.
General Ntaganda faces allegations by the ICC of seven counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity. The alleged crimes were committed in the Ituri District, Province Orientale of the DRC, between 1 September 2002 and the end of September 2003. They include conscripting child soldiers; murder; rape and sexual slavery; attacks against the civilian population; and pillage.
On 13 July 2012, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC ordered the Registry to make “a request for cooperation to the competent authorities of the DRC” for his “arrest and surrender.”
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