Congolese warlord ‘Terminator’ ends 2-week hunger strike

Bosco Ntaganda refused to appear in the dock at the ICC in protest against the terms of his detention.

FILE: DRC warlord General Bosco Ntaganda. Picture: AFP.

BRAZZAVILLE - Facing 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Congolese warlord known as the 'Terminator' has broken his two-week hunger strike.

Bosco Ntaganda refused to appear in the dock at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in protest against the terms of his detention.

Ntaganda handed himself in to the US embassy in neighbouring Rwanda three years ago with authorities hunting him down for excesses perpetrated by his Patriotic Front for the Liberation of Congo 14 years ago.

He stopped eating because he claimed he was not getting a fair trial and was not getting access to his family.

His lawyer says he will see his family tomorrow.

The court had ruled that his trial would have to continue in his absence.

Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in the ethnic Ituri conflict in the far north-east which left some 60 000 dead.