DRC to prosecute militia leader Katanga after prison term

Democratic Republic of Congo says it would prosecute militia leader Katanga again after being convicted by ICC

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Germain Katanga, a Congolese national, sits in the courtroom of the ICC during the closing statements in the trial against Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo in The Hague, Netherlands

The Democratic Republic of Congo reported that it would prosecute notorious militia leader Germain Katanga, who was expected to be released from prison in Kinshasa on Monday, the country's justice minister said.

Katanga was scheduled to be freed on Monday after completing a prison term sentenced by International Criminal Court accused but was charged of some pending cases.

“He was not leave” prison Alexis Thamnbwe Mwamba told AFP in an interview, that Katanga was prosecuted “in other cases just as serious” as the one for which he was convicted by the ICC in 2014.

Two other cases are pending against Katanga, he said.

Thambwe Mwamba said, one was about his alleged role in the killing of nine UN peacekeepers in the violent Ituri region in the east of the country in 2005.

The other case was with the armed forces prosecutor, claiming to have "contacts" that Katanga "continues to have with other officers who are being prosecuted,” he said.

Katanga, 37, popularly known as “Simba” the lion due to his brutality, was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the ICC for alleged crime against humanity and war crimes in 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro.

In November, the ICC shortened his sentence following his regret and for which he was due to complete his term on Monday.  

Last month Katanga and former warlord Thomas Lubangato, were sentenced to 14 years in prison by the ICC that accused them of recruiting and arming child soldiers.

TRTWorld and agencies