The International Criminal Court (ICC) awarded 30 million dollars to victims of grievous war crimes in Congo in The Hague on Monday.
The compensation was awarded to former soldiers and victims of sexual violence committed by convicted former rebel leader Bosco Ntagada.
The award is a record breaking move by the ICC as it is the highest amount the court has awarded to victims so far.
The court noted that Ntaganda was destitute, so the compensation will be raised by the Trust Fund for victims which was set up by the court’s Assembly of State Parties to assist the victims of war crimes.
The ICC directed that the fund should draw up a plan for the use of the money and that victims of sexual violence, wounded people, and former child soldiers should be prioritized.
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