More recently, in November 2008 in North Kivu, CNDP troops under Ntaganda's command killed an estimated 150 people in the town of Kiwanja, one of the worst massacres in North Kivu in the past two years.
Initially, media and HRW blamed Laurent Nkunda for the massacre. Nkunda vehemently denied involvement in a 2009 interview, days before he was ousted in Ntaganda's coup d'e'tat, which was supported by Rwanda and Congo.
Despite repeated requests directly to the media representative for Rwanda's Paul Kagame, who himself has been under fire for human rights violations, General Nkunda has been denied media access and a court hearing since January 2009.
For more reporting and commentary on Bosco Ntaganda and Laurent Nkunda:
Human Rights Watch's February 1, 2009 open letter to President Joseph Kabila calling for the arrest of Bosco Ntaganda
The February 19, 2009 open letter from national organizations to the President of DR Congo on the arrest of Bosco Ntaganda
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