DR Congo warlord guilty 'beyond doubt': ICC prosecutor

25th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former DR Congo militia leader Thomas Lubanga is guilty "beyond any possible doubt" of conscripting child soldiers, the International Criminal Court heard Thursday in the closing stages of its first ever trial.

Lubanga, 50, is accused of using children under the age of 15 to fight for his militia during the Democratic Republic of Congo's five-year civil war, which ended in 2003.

"The evidence submitted in this case show not only beyond reasonable doubt but beyond any possible doubt that Thomas Lubanga is guilty," deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told judges at the Hague-based court.

"Those children were trained in about 20 camps around Ituri... they were used to rape and pillage."

Lubanga's trial began in January 2009 and the international tribunal has also since begun the trials of two other militia leaders from the DRC.

© 2011 AFP

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