First ICC accused – DR Congo’s Lubanga – ‘to be freed’


The International criminal court in the Hague ordered the accused in its first case – Thomas Lubanga from Democratic Republic of Congo – to be freed. The judges say that his detention is no longer fair. They are giving the prosecution five days to appeal, after which Lubanga could be set free. Lubanga has pleaded not guilty to charges he used child soldiers during the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo a decade ago. VOA’s Paul Ndiho, who was a reporter in the DRC when Lubanga was a rebel leader, discusses Lubanga with Ndimyake Mwakalyelye.

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