Ntaganda In Court on Tuesday

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ICC says Ntaganda will appear before the pre-trial Chamber II to verify his identity and identify the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings. The 40 year old former army officer-turned rebel faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to his role in the conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda will make his first court appearance on Tuesday at the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).
 
 In a statement, ICC says the suspect will appear before the pre-trial Chamber II to verify his identity and identify the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings.Ntaganda will also be informed of the charges against him. The 40 year old former army officer-turned rebel faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to his role in the conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
The pre-trial Chamber II judges will also schedule a date for the opening of the confirmation of the charges hearing, a preliminary step to deciding whether the case will be referred to a trial or not.
 
‘The terminator’, as he was popularly known in the rebel circles, Ntaganda surrendered to the US Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda last week after days of clashes between rival M23 rebel forces. 
 
Two warrants of arrest have been issued by the ICC for Bosco Ntaganda for seven counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Ituri region in the DRC between September 2002 and September 2003.  He is alleged to be the former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), a rebel group that was operating in the region.
 
After the March 2009 peace deal with the Joseph Kabila government, the rebels including Ntaganda accepted to be integrated into the national army where he was promoted to the rank of General. But in April last year, war broke out in Eastern Congo with Ntaganda and his forces accusing the government of sidelining them and committing atrocities against his fellow ethnic Tutsi.