In a first, international court convicts Congo rebel leader
WATAMU, Kenya - Nearly 10 years after opening its doors as a bold attempt at a global justice system, the International Criminal Court has reached its first verdict, finding a Congolese rebel leader guilty Wednesday of using child soldiers in violation of international law.
The ruling against Thomas Lubanga, a rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was arrested in 2005 by the Congolese government and handed over to the international court for action, gives the court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, his first conviction before his 10-year term ends later this year.
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