Wednesday, 30 September 2015

German court convicts rebel leaders for crimes in eastern DRC

On 28 September, a court in Stuttgart, Germany, sentenced Ignace Murwanashyaka, head of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and his deputy Straton Musoni for war crimes committed between January 2008 and their arrest in November 2009 in eastern DRC. The two were convicted of crimes under the German Code of Crimes Against International Law, which implemented the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in German law. This was the first case to be tried under this legislation and took four years to complete. Murwanashyaka was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment and Musoni was given an eight-year sentence.

Further details can be found here in German and here in English.

/ Sally