Issue #13812–31March2013Bosco Ntaganda in the custodyof the ICC
22 March–Bosco Ntagandasurrendered himself voluntarilyat the US Embassy inKigali,and is now in the ICC’s custody.Upon arrival, Mr Ntaganda received amedical visit and appeared on 26 March before the Judges in the presence of aDefence Lawyer. During this hearing,the Judges of Pre-Trial Chamber II verified theidentity of the suspect and the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings.Mr.Ntaganda was informed of the charges against him and thePre-Trial Chamber IIset the date of the beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing for 23 September2013.This is the first time that a suspect has surrendered himself voluntarily to be in the ICC’s custody.ICC Prosecutor FatouBensouda welcomed news of the transfer of Bosco Ntaganda to the ICC.
"This is a good day for victims in the DRC and forinternational justice.Today those who are alleged tohave long suffered at the hands of Bosco Ntaganda can look forward to the future andthe prospect of justice taking its course"
, the Prosecutor said.The Prosecutor thanked all States, international and other regional actors who have been working for so long to make this daypossible and particularly acknowledged the support of the authorities of the United States of America, Rwanda and theNetherlands in facilitating today’s transfer and the continued cooperation of the DRC.However, she stresses that
"As we welcome progress in one case, others also subject to ICC warrants in the region remain at large"
, andurges all States now to renew and refocus their efforts to secure the arrestsof FDLR commander Sylvestre Mudacumura, thetopcommanders of the Lord's Resistance Army who reportedly continue to commit grave crimes in the DRC and beyond, andall others subject to ICC warrants who are still at large.AlsoUN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon madeastatementwelcoming this development.“
The International Criminal Court hastoday confirmedthe transfer to its custody ofBosco Ntaganda who is expected to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for atrocities committed in the Ituri region.”
in accordance withthe Relationship Agreement between the twoinstitutions, the United Nations will cooperate with the International Criminal Court with a view to ensuring that Mr. Ntganda receives a fair and expeditious trial.”
Additionally, the members of the Security Councilwelcomedthe surrender of Bosco Ntaganda to the ICC, and paid tribute toall victims of serious crimes of international concern in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).They expressed theirappreciation to the governments of Rwanda, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, as wellas to the ICC, for facilitating the surrender of Mr. Ntaganda to the ICC, and emphasized that their cooperation wasessential inorder to bring Mr. Ntaganda to justice. The members of the Security Council view Mr. Ntaganda's surrender to the ICC as a