Congolese warlord surrenders at U.S. embassy

Congolese warlord surrenders at U.S. embassy

POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:04am

Fugitive Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, known as the terminator, turned himself into the U.S. embassy in Rwanda monday and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court.

By surrendering in Kigali, Ntaganda ended a career that saw him fight as a rebel and government soldier on both sides of the Rwanda-Congo border.

His whereabouts had been unknown after hundreds of his fighters fled into Rwanda to surrender to U.N. peacekeepers after they were defeated by a group of rival rebels in eastern Congo.

A U.S. state department spokeswoman told reporters that Ntaganda asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague and the U.S. would consult with other governments to facilitate the request.

He faces charges of conscripting child soldiers, murder, ethnic persecution, sexual slavery and rape.

 

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