In historic ruling, international court cites rape in war crimes conviction of ex-Congo official

March 21, 2016 4:23 PM

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In historic ruling, international court cites rape in war crimes conviction of ex-Congo official

NAIROBI — The International Criminal Court broke new ground Monday by adding rape to a war crimes conviction, finding the former vice president of Congo guilty of abuses — including sexual crimes — in connection with a militia intervention in the neighboring Central African Republic.

It was the first time the Netherlands-based court has convicted anyone of sexual violence since it was launched in 2002, raising the possibility of future prosecutions that include accusations of rape and related abuses as elements of war.

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