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Published on Mar 16, 2012
ICC First verdict: Thomas Lubanga guilty of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate in hostilities.
On 14 March 2012, the judges of Trial Chamber I, Adrian Fulford, presiding judge, Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito and Judge Rene Blattman, decided unanimously that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is guilty, as a co-perpetrator, of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 in the UPC/FPLC and using them to participate actively in hostilities from 1 September 2002 to 13 August 2003.
Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was the President of the Union des patriotes congolais (Union of Congolese Patriots) (UPC), the Commander-in-Chief of its military wing, the FPLC, and its political leader.
Mr Lubanga Dyilo, a national of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was transferred to The Hague on 17 March 2006, pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued by Pre-Trial Chamber I. His trial, the first at the ICC, started on 26 January 2009 and the closing statements were presented by the parties and participants on 25 and 26 August 2011.
The date for a separate sentencing hearing will be fixed in due course.
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