ICC appeal judges uphold conviction of Congolese warlord Lubanga


Thomas Lubanga (c)

Thomas Lubanga (c)

The International Criminal Court upheld the conviction or HAS Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, bringing notes first case to a close. Thomas Lubanga was’ve given a 14 year prison sentence on July 10, 2012 after the court found him guilty of war crimes in March of That year. He was the first suspect to be Convicted by the International Criminal Court for the years after creation notes.

Delivering the appeals verdict on Monday (1:12:14), Presiding Judge Erkki Kourula Said The appeals panel of five judges rejected all of Lubanga’s seven grounds of appeal in a majority decision. Kourula added there was no reason to doubt the verdict Reached by the judges at the original trial.

“The Trial Chamber’s assessment of the facts was reasonable,” he said.

At his trial more than two years ago, prosecutors Said Lubanga had Recruited Hundreds of child soldiers for his rebel militia, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC) in Ituri in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between 2002 and 2003. Many of the children were younger than 15 years of age. The DRC government arrested Lubanga and he was extradited to The Hague in 2006.

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