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D.R.C. warlord Thomas Lubanga jailed for 14 years

  • Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for recruiting child soldiers for his rebel army in 2002 and 2003.

    The sentence takes into account time spent in custody meaning he will now serve a further eight years.

    In March, he became the first person to be convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) since it was set up ten years ago.

    The conflict between ethnic groups in Ituri, in the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is estimated to have killed 60,000 people.

    Lubanga was in charge of the Union of Congolese Patriots, an ethnic Hema militia active in the conflict, which started in the Ituri region and its main town of Bunia in 1999.