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Convicted Congolese war criminal appeals for early release


The Hague – Convicted Congolese war criminal, Thomas Lubanga, on Friday appealed to the International Criminal Court, in The Hague, for early release.

His lawyer argued that he was eligible after serving more than two-thirds of his 14-year sentence.

“He has served more than 12 years including the time before and during his trial.

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The 54-year-old warlord became the first person to be convicted by the court in The Hague in 2012.

He was found guilty of using child soldiers in a conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003.

The prosecution opposed his early release, arguing that Lubanga was still an influential person in Congo and that his release could destabilise the eastern region of Ituri.

It was not known when the court would take a decision. (dpa/NAN)

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