|Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM|
On August 17, 2010, judges at the International Criminal Court sitting in the Hague granted victims participating in the trial of Thoms Lubanga the right to be part of the prosecution's appeal against the release of the former warlord.
Thomas Lubanga is standing trial at the ICC for crimes against humanity, relating particularly to his alleged enlisting, conscription and use of underaged children in war between 2002 and 2003 in Ituri - north eastern part of the DRC. Lubanga led the ethnic Hema armed group, Union of Congolese Patriots from 1999 to fight for control of land and resources in Ituri. But like other localised conflicts in the DRC, it soon escalated with the influx of arms from Uganda and Rwanda.
Lubanga's trial has captivated my interest because he is the first to stand trial at the ICC for war crimes some 10 years after the Rome Treaty. I am sure, there are a few other personalities that are also following the trial probably more closely. Chief among them are Sudan's President Al-Bashir and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.
The trial of Lubanga continues. 17.08.2010