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Lubanga Trial: Second Week in Review

This entry is by Kate Davey, our legal analyst at Child Soldier Relief.

According to Rachel Irwin of The Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the trial was delayed by a day by “unforeseen” circumstances when a Judge was unable to return to The Hague due to weather conditions after being away during the weekend.

The trial continued on Tuesday with the testimony of a former militia member who told the Court girls kidnapped by the UPC were used for “sexual services.”

On Wednesday the Court heard the testimony of another witness, the father of the child soldier who recanted testimony during the first week. He testified that he was angry that his child had been taken as a child soldier because “Being a soldier is very hard,” and it would “[spoil] his life.” The witness was a member of Lubanga’s Union of Congolese Patriots and acted as Lubanga’s bodyguard.

Irwin reports on Thursday most of the trial took place in a closed session as the defense cross-examined the witness. The defense questioned if the witness had trained others in the army, which he denied. notes that on Friday the witness was unable to finish his testimony because of technical problems.  The trial will resume on Monday when the defense plans to finish its cross-examination.

The trial is available through live streaming on the Court’s site.

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