Convicted Congolese warlord appeals for early release

2015-08-21 12:15
Former Congolese militia commander Thomas Lubanga. (AFP)

Former Congolese militia commander Thomas Lubanga. (AFP)

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The Hague - A Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers has appealed to the International Criminal Court for early release from his 14-year sentence, saying he wants to go to university to research the causes of ethnic conflicts.

Thomas Lubanga, the first person convicted by the court, deployed children in a brutal conflict in the eastern Ituri region of Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003.

His lawyers argued on Friday that Lubanga has been in custody — including time spent incarcerated before and during his drawn-out trial — for more than 12 years and he is eligible for early release after serving more than two-thirds of his sentence.

Prosecutors have urged judges not to release him, saying he allegedly has been interfering with witnesses in another case.

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