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Judges urged to convict Congo warlord Thomas Lubanga

Former Child Soldiers in the Democratic Republ...Image via Wikipedia The Guardian: "Prosecutors on Thursday began wrapping up the international criminal court's landmark first trial by urging judges to convict a Congolese warlord of recruiting hundreds of child soldiers and sending them to fight and kill in his country's brutal conflict.

Deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told judges that evidence in the trial, which began in 2009, gave voice to children that militia leader Thomas Lubanga had "transformed into killers; those girls that Mr Lubanga offered to his commanders as sexual slaves"."

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The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."