Trial sought for surrendering DRC rebel leader

Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka

Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations has called on the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring to trial Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, the feared
rebel commander who has surrendered to authorities.
Sheka has surrendered alongside two combatants of his armed Nduma Defense
of Congo (NDC) in a village east of the country.
They gave up arms six years after a warrant issued in response to crimes
against humanity, including mass rape and child recruitment.
NDC fighters are alleged to have raped almost 400 civilians, including 300
women, 23 men and 61 children, at villages in Walikale in a four-day
terror spree in 2010.
UN also documented the alleged recruitment of at least 154 children by the
rebel group.
The UN, through special representative for children and armed conflict,
Virginia Gamba, called on the DRC government to take all necessary measures to ensure that Sheka is promptly tried.
The trial, she said, must adhere to basic standards of due process.
“The charges against him must appropriately correspond to all the crimes
committed,” Gamba said.
The UN mission in DRC (Monusco) transferred Sheka and his combatants to
judicial authorities on Friday.
Maman Sidikou, the Monusco head, said Sheka’ surrender was a positive sign.
“A fair trial will be a significant step in the fight against impunity and
a victory for victims of abuses by armed groups,” Sidikou said.
A number of Congolese warlords have been arraigned at the International
Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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