African warlord found guilty of recruiting child soldiers

Judges have convicted a Congolese warlord of snatching children from the street and turning them into killers.

The ruling is the International Criminal Court’s first judgment, 10 years after it was established as the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal.

Thomas Lubanga did not react as presiding judge Adrian Fulford read out the verdicts. He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The trial, which began in January 2009, is the first at an international court to focus exclusively on the use of child soldiers, and activists say it should send a clear message to armies and rebels around the world that conscripting children breaches international law.

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