Congo arrests leader wanted over mass rapes Apr 05, 2019 0 430 12345 Reuters KINSHASAA Congolese rebel leader accused of orchestrating mass rapes and other atrocities has been caught, Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said on Thursday.Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko, leader of the widely feared Raia Mutomboki militia, was captured on Tuesday in South Kivu’s Shabunda territory after being wounded in a firefight, army spokesman Dieudonne Kasereka said. Raia Mutomboki was formed in 2005 to fight Rwandan Hutu militias active in eastern Congo and became one of the most powerful of the dozens of armed groups active in the mineral-rich area bordering Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.A report by a UN Security Council panel of experts last year said Kokodiko’s forces had gang-raped at least 17 women in the town of Lubila last September. The panel also accused the group of using child soldiers.In 2012, a UN-led investigation found that Raia Mutomboki and two other militias were responsible for the deaths of more than 260 civilians in a wave of tit-for-tat ethnic massacres in North Kivu province.Congo’s new president, Felix Tshisekedi, who took office in January, has pledged to address the militia violence that plagues the east, where millions died in a civil war in 1998-2003. Christoph Vogel, a researcher who previously advised the United Nations, said Kokodiko’s arrest “coincides with the new government announcing a more deliberate agenda to disarm militia, yet it remains to be seen if it comes as part of broader change”.Another of Congo’s most infamous warlords, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, went on trial last year accused of rapes and other atrocities. Victim testimony in that trial began last month. RELATED ARTICLES Rahul files nomination from Kerala, Cong vows to sweep polls in state Apr 05, 2019 0 1303 Massive rise in mental health awareness in India, says report Apr 05, 2019 0 420 Maoist attack on troops in Chhattisgarh kicks up fears for India’s LS polls Apr 05, 2019 0 438 Kerala student set ablaze, dies IANS Thrissur, Kerala A 22-year-old engineering student died on Thursday near here after she was set ablaze by a man, said to be her friend, police said. It was a premeditated attack. The 32-year-old attacker was .. ED grills bizman in AgustaWestland chopper scandal New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned businessman Ratul Puri in the national capital in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam, the agency said. The questioning is going .. Fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook and WhatsApp IANS New Delhi Barely a week away from when the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls, the fake news factories on Facebook and its owned WhatsApp have become active like never before as the social media giant .. Two IAF officers killed in Pulwama road accident IANS Srinagar Two Indian Air Force (IAF) officers were killed and two other officers were injured on Thursday in a road accident in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. According to .. Singapore seizes record shipment of pangolin scales Singapore: Singaporean authorities made a record seizure of nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin scales worth some $38.7 million, officials said on Thursday, calling it the largest such haul globally in recent years. ..