Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the first day of his trial in the Hague, on September 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MICHAEL KOOREN
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Prosecutors Wednesday accused a Congo militia leader known as "The Terminator" of overseeing brutal atrocities including the slaughter of dozens of unarmed villagers and a campaign of rape and sexual enslavement of women and girls – many of them in the ranks of his own forces – as his trial started at the International Criminal Court.Bosco Ntaganda pleaded not guilty to 18 charges, including murder, rape and sexual slavery, and then sat passively listening to prosecutors lay out their case.The court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, called him a "notorious and powerful" military leader who commanded troops who slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the resource-rich Ituri region of eastern Congo in 2002 and 2003 .
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