ICC upholds DRC warlord's conviction

2014-12-01 23:56
Former Congolese militia commander Thomas Lubanga. (AFP)

Former Congolese militia commander Thomas Lubanga. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Hague - Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday upheld the conviction of a Congolese warlord who was sentenced to 14 years for recruiting and using child soldiers, bringing to an end the court's first trial.

Thomas Lubanga was convicted in March 2012 of recruiting and using child soldiers in 2002 and 2003, in a verdict hailed as a landmark in international justice and a warning not to use underage fighters that would resonate around the world.

Lubanga, 53, was the first suspect convicted by the international court, 10 years after its creation. He showed no emotion as the decision was read out.

Lubanga's sentence is considered to have started when he was taken into custody in The Hague in 2006. Judges will consider whether to release him early when he has served two-thirds of his time.

Court spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah said it wasn't clear where Lubanga will serve the remainder of his sentence.

Activists welcomed the appeals ruling.

"In upholding the Lubanga guilty verdict, the ICC Appeals chamber has brought some measure of justice to children dragged into war in the Democratic Republic of Congo," said Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of Human Rights Watch.

Lubanga led the Union of Congolese Patriots political group and commanded its armed wing, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo, which recruited children - sometimes by force, other times voluntarily - into its ranks to fight in a brutal ethnic conflict in the Ituri region of eastern Congo.

Presiding judge Erkki Kourula said the five-judge appeals panel rejected all of Lubanga's seven grounds of appeal in a majority decision.

Prosecutors had appealed against Lubanga's sentence, calling it inadequate, but the judges left his sentence unchanged.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  thomas lubanga  |  netherlands  |  drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.