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Hague verdict frees Congolese rebel

THE HAGUE — The International Criminal Court acquitted a Congolese militia leader Tuesday of all charges of commanding fighters who destroyed a village in eastern Congo in 2003, raping and hacking to death some 200 people, including children.

The acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo on charges including rape, murder, and pillage was only the second verdict in the court’s 10-year history and the first time it had cleared a suspect.

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