ICC prosecutor seeks 30 years in Congo case

13th June 2012, Comments 0 comments

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, convicted of using child soldiers in his rebel army, should get 30 years in jail, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday.

"The prosecution requests the chamber to impose a sentence of 30 years in prison," Luis Moreno-Ocampo told judges before the Hague-based court.

Lubanga, 51, was convicted in March of war crimes for using child soldiers in a brutal conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the world war crimes court's first verdict since it started work a decade ago.

He was found guilty of abducting children as young as 11 and forcing them to fight and commit atrocities between 2002-03 in the DRC's northeastern gold-rich Ituri region.

He risks 30 years in jail or, if judges decide the crimes are exceptionally grave, life in prison. The defence, prosecutors and lawyers for victims were before ICC judges Wednesday to discuss his sentence.


© 2012 AFP

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