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Feb 27, 2015 5:33 AM

International court judges uphold acquittal of Congolese man

The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) International Criminal Court judges have upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo.

Mathieu Ngudjolo was acquitted in December 2012 of commanding fighters who destroyed a village in eastern Congo in 2003, raping and hacking to death some 200 people including children.

The 2012 judgment was only the second verdict in the court's history and the first time it had cleared a suspect.

A five-judge panel on Friday rejected prosecutors' three grounds of appeal against the verdict in a 3-2 majority ruling. The two dissenting judges said that the appeals chamber should have ordered a retrial because of errors by the original trial.


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