|Bosco Ntaganda. Photo credit: STR New/Reuters|
Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the ICC since August 2006 for the war crime of enlisting and using child soldiers, and since July 2012 for seven additional counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including gender-based and sexual violence crimes, today handed himself into the US Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, and asked to be transferred to the ICC. US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said:
I can confirm that this morning Bosco Ntaganda, and ICC indictee and leader of one of the M23 factions, walked into U.S. Embassy Kigali. He specifically asked to be transferred to the ICC in the Hague. We are currently consulting with a number of governments, including the Rwandan government, in order to facilitate his request.Despite US legislation that restricts US cooperation with the ICC, there is little to prevent the US from facilitating the transfer to Ntaganda to the ICC.
We want to facilitate that request. As you know, we strongly support the work that the ICC is doing to investigate the atrocities committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and we are going to continue to work with the ICC in this matter [emphasis added].