World court orders restart of Congo militiaman`s trial

The International Criminal Court on Friday ordered the resumption of the war crimes trial of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga, stalled since July, and reversed an order to free him.

Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 21:16 PM IST

The Hague: The International Criminal Court
on Friday ordered the resumption of the war crimes trial of
Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga, stalled since July,
and reversed an order to free him.

"The decision to stay proceedings must be reversed,"
judge Sang-Hyun Song, president of the court`s appeals
chamber, said in The Hague.

Lubanga, 49, went on trial in January 2009 accused of
using children under the age of 15 to fight for his militia
during the five-year civil war in Democratic Republic of Congo
which ended in 2003.

The ICC suspended his trial on July 8 after criticising
chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo for abusing court
processes and ignoring judges` orders.

PTI