By Sophie Rosenberg of the Democratic Republic of Congo research team at Amnesty International
It’s been a very swift turn of events. Bosco Ntaganda – until a few days ago – wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity was at large.
Then, in a surprising move,he turned himself in at the US embassy in Rwanda after spending the past few months in hiding in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
For over six years, Ntaganda has been sought as a suspect for crimes under international law that include murder, rape and the use of child soldiers.
Yesterday he was in front of the judge at the International Criminal Court.
Some of us at Amnesty International who work on the DRC were in The Hague to see the proceedings get underway.
We arrived at the courtroom early. Ntaganda sat before the Presiding Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II accompanied by his defence counsel led by Hassane Bel-Lakhdar. Prosecutor Bensouda was across the courtroom.