Congo Warlord Jailed for 14 Years in Landmark Case

0 Posted by - July 10, 2012 - Foreign Affairs, Military

20123141056907734 20 300x198 Congo Warlord Jailed for 14 Years in Landmark CaseDelivering its first sentence, the International Criminal Court jailed Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for 14 years on Tuesday for recruiting child soldiers.

The Hague-based court was set up a decade ago to punish and discourage the world’s worst crimes through a new system of international justice, but its critics say it has moved too slowly and failed to put its most important suspects on trial.

Lubanga was found guilty in March of abducting boys and girls under the age of 15 and forcing them to fight in a war in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. At least 60,000 people are thought to have been killed in that chapter of a wider Congolese war.

CONTINUED at Yahoo News.

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