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Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to fourteen years

Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to fourteen years

Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to fourteen years for his role in using child soldiers to serve in militia roles  in the violence that occurred between 2002 and 2003 in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lubanga 51 has for long insisted on his innocence but judges held him responsible for the violence that caused the death of 60,000  people  in North Eastern DRC according to human rights activists.

Thomas Lubanga 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”.

By UP