Monday, July 9, 2012
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is scheduled to impose its first sentence tomorrow in the case of Thomas Lubango, the former president of the Union of Congolese Patriots, a rebel group implicated in many serious human rights abuses. He was the first person arrested and brought before the ICC for trial. He was found guilty in March of this year for recruiting child soldiers and using them in combat in 2002 and 2003. Lubanga potentially faces the maximum prison term allowable - 30 years. In determining his sentence, the court will consider the gravity of his crimes, his personal circumstances, and any aggravating or mitigating factors. The decision on the sentence can be appealed.