DR Congo rules out releasing ex-militia leader Germain Katanga

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have ruled out releasing the ex-leader of Ituri militia group, Germain Katanga, as ordered by the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying he is facing other charges under the Congolese justice system.


“Katanga will not be freed because he was implicated in other cases which were just as serious as those handled by ICC,” Justice Minister Alexis Ntambwe Mwamba said on Monday.

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Mwamba said the former warlord would be charged over his suspected role in the killing of nine peacekeepers in Ituri district, east of the country, in 2005.

Nicknamed Simba (Lion in Swahili) for his ferocity when he was the head of the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Forces, Katanga, 37, was in 2014 sentenced by ICC to 12 years in prison for complicity in the 2003 attack on a village in northeast DR Congo which left about 200 people dead.

He was transferred to Kinshasa on Dec. 19, 2015 to serve the rest of his sentence in DR Congo.

Given the time he spent at the ICC detention center in the Hague, and after his sentence was reduced last year due to his good conduct while in prison as well as apologizing to his victims, Katanga was expected to be released on Monday from Makala prison in Kinshasa. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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