A former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by Judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

46-year-old former rebel has been involved in numerous armed conflicts in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts which include murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.

He surrendered at the US embassy in DR Congo in 2013.

Ntaganda becomes the first person convicted of sexual slavery by the ICC and the fourth person convicted by the court since its creation in 2002.

Analysts said it was an act of self-preservation, motivated by the danger he was in after losing a power-struggle within his M23 rebel group.

 

-BBC