Ruling on DR Congo militiaman's release due October 8: court

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will rule on October 8 on an appeal against freeing former Democratic Republic of Congo militia leader Thomas Lubanga, the court said on Friday.

The court's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo appealed against the July 8 suspension of Lubanga's trial and a subsequent ruling for his release.

Lubanga has been on trial since January 2009 accused of using children under the age of 15 to fight for his militia during the five-year civil war in DR Congo which ended in 2003.

The ICC suspended his trial after criticising the chief prosecutor for abusing court processes and ignoring judges' orders.

Moreno-Ocampo had refused to comply with an order from the judges to disclose to Lubanga's defence team the name of an intermediary.

Lubanga pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his defence team accused prosecutors of using false witnesses.

Lubanga surrendered to the ICC in March 2006.

© 2010 AFP

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