The Hague — International Criminal Court (ICC) judges on Monday convicted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel chief Bosco "Terminator" Ntaganda of war crimes including directing massacres of civilians and rape, in a badly needed victory for prosecutors in The Hague.

Ntaganda, 45, was a "key leader" who gave orders to "target and kill civilians" in DRC's volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003, head judge Robert Fremr said.

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