Former Militia in the DR Congo sentenced to life imprisonment

Indians prisoners

A former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including mass rape.

A military court convicted Ntabo Ntaberi of murder, rape, sexual slavery and enlisting children under the age of 15.

The ruling came at the end of a two-year trial that saw 178 victims testify.

The United Nations said the ruling showed “impunity is not inevitable”.

Ntaberi, also known as Sheka, was one of the leaders of a militia group called Nduma Defense of Congo (NDC), which operated in the restive eastern province of North Kivu.

Eastern DR Congo has long been wracked by conflict, fuelled by political divisions and the area’s abundance of mineral resources.