Thursday, July 3, 2008
The International Criminal Court has ordered the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a former Congolese militia leader. The order was made because prosecutors were said to be withholding UN documents that he might have used to defend his case.
Lubanga was charged with sending children under the age of 15 to fight in the Iturui region of the Congo in 2002-2003.
Prosecutors have five days to appeal. Lubanga will remain in detention until that time expires, and might be held in detention until the appeal is decided.