The BBC has seen documents alleging that a former
rebel leader indicted for war crimes is playing a leading role in a
mission involving the UN in DR Congo.
The documents appear to prove that Gen Bosco Ntaganda is taking
an active part in the mission's chain of command, a BBC correspondent
in the country says.
The UN-Congolese force is fighting Hutu rebels in the eastern DR Congo.
The force says Congolese authorities have given assurances that Gen Ntaganda was not involved in joint operations.
A spokesman for the Monuc peacekeeping force, Kevin
Kennedy, said that the former rebel leader's name did not appear on
documents that Monuc had seen.
But the BBC's Thomas Fessy reports from the Congolese capital,
Kinshasa, that an internal army document refers to Bosco Ntaganda as
the deputy co-ordinator for the joint mission's operations and says he
attended an operations meeting.
A high-ranking Congolese military confirmed that the former rebel
leader was involved in the operations, describing him as an adviser to
the operations commander.
Earlier this year, when the Congolese government said he could be
useful in bringing peace to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,
Monuc said it would not participate in any operation in which an
indicted war criminal was involved at any level.
Gen Ntaganda formerly served as chief of staff to Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda.
But he joined the national army earlier this year after splitting with Gen Nkunda, who has since been arrested in Rwanda.
Bosco Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC)
for alleged war crimes and forced enrolment of child soldiers in
ICC judges have said that as deputy head of military operations for
the rebel Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo (FPLC), he
was responsible for seven camps where children were trained.
He is also accused of taking part in FPLC attacks when the group used child soldiers.
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