Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has been sentenced to 30 years in jail after being found guilty of crimes against humanity.

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The judges who presided over the case found him guilty of all the charges that had been pressed against him including rape, slavery and using child soldiers in conflict.

Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed 'The Terminator' was found to have directed a series of massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring Congo.

He has appealed the conviction.

The rebel leader voluntarily surrendered himself in 2013 to a United States of America Embassy and asked to be taken to the court in the Netherlands.

Fighters said to pledge their allegiance to Ntaganda carried out the atrocities which included disembowelling victims and smashing their heads with cudgels.

He oversaw the rape of underage girls and the recruitment of children under the age of 15 into the army.

Ntaganda has strongly denied that he was a criminal, saying that he was a soldier and has rejected the label 'terminator' given to him.

His conviction is seen as a big step forward to finding justice for the victims of human rights abuses.

It is hoped that it will send a powerful message to leaders around the world engaging in human rights abuses. 

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