Thomas Lubanga is accused of using child soldiers to serve in militia roles, including as his bodyguards in the violence that occurred between 2002 and 2003 in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The International Criminal Court will hand Lubanga its first-ever sentence on Tuesday.Lubanga, 51, was convicted by the ICC in March after prosecutors telling court how young girls served as sex-slaves, while boys were trained to fight under the command of Lubanga.
Lubanga, who has been detained in The Hague since 2006 is the founder of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and commander of its military wing the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC).
The Hague-based court’s former chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo earlier this month called for a 30-year sentence against Lubanga, saying his crimes were “of the most serious concern for the international community”.
Lubanga has however pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innocence.