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Congolese Warlord Sentenced By Court In The Hague

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Congolese Warlord Sentenced By Court In The Hague

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Congolese Warlord Sentenced By Court In The Hague

Congolese Warlord Sentenced By Court In The Hague

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It's been a decade since the first permanent International Criminal Court was created. On Tuesday, it delivered its first sentence. The Hague-based court ordered Congolese warlord Thomas Lubango to serve 14 years in prison. He was convicted in March of recruiting and using children as soldiers in his militia.

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It's been a decade since the first permanent International Criminal Court was created. Today, it delivered its first-ever sentence. The Hague-based court ordered a Congolese warlord to serve 14 years in prison. Thomas Lubango was convicted in March of recruiting and using children as soldiers in his militia. During a four-year conflict, Lubango forced children to fight for him, taking up arms and machetes which they used to slaughter Lubango's tribal enemies in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Presiding Judge Adrian Fulford said the sentence reflected the need to protect children in wartime.

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