Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, was on Monday found guilty of 18 count charge of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.
Ntaganda, 45, who was nicknamed the “Terminator,’’ oversaw widespread attacks on civilians and recruited child soldiers.
In one incident, women had their stomachs cut open and children had their throats slit, the court heard.
Ntaganda was convicted on all 13 counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity.
He faces life in prison at a sentencing hearing expected in the coming weeks.
The charges included murder, rape, recruiting children as soldiers and subjecting them to sexual abuse, looting and displacement of civilians.
Officials in Congo welcomed the verdict, with the acting justice minister Azarias Ruberwa saying the government was keen to hear what sentence Ntaganda gets.
Monday’s verdict also marked the first successful prosecution of sexual violence as a weapon of war in the Congo conflict.