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International Criminal Court starts first war crimes trial

Today the trial of Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will (finally) begin. After much confusion and delay inter alia regarding the issue of disclosure of evidence from the prosecutor to the defence/judges of the court (we reported earlier here, here and here), the first trial will start after almost three years of preparation with the examination of charges against the founder of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) rebel forces in Congo’s eastern Ituri district. Short history of the case The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was referred to the ICC by the DRC itself…