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Originally published Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM

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Rwandan warlord to appear at international court

Rwandan-born warlord Bosco Ntaganda is making his first appearance before judges of the International Criminal Court since his surprise surrender to face charges including murder, rape pillaging and using child soldiers in eastern Congo.

The Associated Press

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands —

Rwandan-born warlord Bosco Ntaganda is making his first appearance before judges of the International Criminal Court since his surprise surrender to face charges including murder, rape pillaging and using child soldiers in eastern Congo.

Ntaganda had been one of the court's longest-sought fugitives until he unexpectedly became the first suspect to voluntarily turn himself in by seeking refuge last week at the U.S. Embassy in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

Ntaganda allegedly led rebels who terrorized eastern Congo in brutal tribal fighting from 2002-2003.

At the largely procedural hearing Tuesday, judges will confirm Ntaganda's identity, read the charges against him and set a date for a hearing at which prosecutors will lay out their evidence and judges will decide whether it is strong enough to merit sending him to trial.

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