Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced yesterday that it will begin its first ever trial on January 26, 2009. The accused is Thomas Lubanga, the founder and leader of the Union des patriotes congolais (the Union of Congolese Patriots),in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is charged with war crimes relating to the conscription and enlistment of children under the age of 15 as soldiers into the FPLC, the military arm of the Union des patriotes congolais, and actively using them in hostilities during 2002-2003. He was arrested and surrendered to the ICC on March 17, 2006. The hearings are open to the public. More information may be found on the ICC's website by clicking here.