Compelling testimony from former child soldiers was the main feature of the prosecution’s case against Thomas Lubanga.
Evidence heard included stories of the brutal treatment of boys and girls at the hands of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) military groups. Various witnesses testified about continuous beating, rape, near starvation and other abuses suffered during their time with the UPC.
Although their testimony involved tragedy and suffering, the prosecution has a very difficult charge to prove. This is because Lubanga, president of the UPC and on trial for conscripting and using child soldiers in his militia, was generally removed from the front-lines. There is little evidence to suggest that he himself was involved in physically committing the acts described above.
Therefore, although it … Continue Reading