ICC finds Congo warlord guilty of war crimes

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Thomas Lubanga

Former warlord Thomas Lubanga has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Lubanga, a former warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty of recruiting child soldiers to take part in armed hostilities in the eastern DR Congo province of Ituri.

Judges said as the head of the FPLC rebel group, Lubanga was responsible for the voluntary or coerced recruitment of boys and girls below the age of 15 as child soldiers.

The judges said Lubanga had on several occasions made speeches in which he encouraged children to join the rebel group to provide security to the population.

Judge Adrian Fulford read out the court’s decision.

"The chamber concludes that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is guilty of the crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into the FPLC and using them to participate actively in hostilities from early September 2002 to the 13th of August 2003."

Duration: 24"

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