The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sentenced former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers.
The sentence is the longest the ICC has handed down.
Judges at the ICC found in July that fighters loyal to Ntaganda had carried out gruesome massacres of civilians when he was military operations chief for the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003.
During the sentencing, Judge Robert Fremr remarked that Ntaganda was not only guilty of persecution as a crime against humanity, but that he had also personally murdered a Catholic priest, setting an example for his soldiers to follow.
The Rwanda-born 46-year-old former rebel has already appealed against his conviction.
Ntaganda’s boss, UPC leader Thomas Lubanga, is serving a 14-year prison sentence after his conviction at the ICC on charges of conscripting and using child soldiers.
An arrest warrant was first issued for Ntaganda’s by the ICC in 2006, He surrendered at the US embassy in Rwanda in 2013.