Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First Ever ICC Trial

"The first-ever trial of the International Criminal Court in The Hague has begun with Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga pleading, as expected, not guilty to charges of war crimes for using child soldiers during a five-year civil war that ended in 2003. Lubanga's Union of Congolese Patriots rebel group is held responsible for setting up an entire network that forcibly recruited child soldiers to fight in bloody ethnic battles in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Lubanga, who was handed over to the court 2006, claims he was a patriot fighting to prevent rebels and foreign fighters from plundering the vast mineral wealth of Congo's Ituri region."

Props to Channelone for the intel

Congo pushes for extradition of
Laurent Nkuda:

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