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Ntaganda Pleads “Not Guilty” At ICC

approved http://davidyoho.com/wp-content/themes/outreach/home.php geneva;”>Ntaganda made his first appearance at the Hague-based court after surrendering to the US Embassy last week.

He was charged under Art 25(3)(a) with war crimes which include enlistment, conscription and use of child soldiers, murder, rape and sexual slavery, attacks against a civilian population and pillage IN Eastern Congo.

The former rebel leader also faced crimes against humanity which include murder, rape and sexual slavery, and persecution.

Speaking in Kinyarwanda, Ntaganda exploited the chance to plead not guilty before Judge Trendafilova quickly intervened, saying this was not time for the suspect to enter plea.


“This is not a confirmation hearing. No evidence will be presented, nor will the issue of guilt or innocence be addressed,” said Trendafilova.

Ntaganda confirmed his identity and also confirmed he had been informed of the charges against him and of his rights under the Rome Statute.

The Pre-Trial Chamber must set the date on which it intends to set the hearing for the confirmation of charges and ensure the suspect has been informed of his rights under the Rome Statute.

The confirmation of charges hearing was set for September 23, 2013.

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