Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda will appeal a 30-year jail term handed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, his lawyers have said, adding that their client was “at peace” with himself.
Ntaganda, nicknamed the “Terminator” for his role as a military commander in a bloody ethnic conflict in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 2000s, was given The Hague-based tribunal’s longest-ever sentence on Thursday.
“Bosco Ntaganda’s defence … intends to appeal the sentencing judgement,” his lawyers said in a statement on Friday, adding that the decision by the court “contains many errors of law and fact”.
“Bosco Ntaganda is fine and remains strong. Bosco Ntaganda is at peace with himself.”
The Rwandan-born 46-year-old was found