For the first time in its history the ICC has convicted somebody. Thomas Lubanga a Congolese warlord has been found guilty of recruiting child soldiers.
Showing no remorse as the charges were read out by judge Adrian Fulford, Lubanga listened as he was convicted of snatching children from the street and turning them into ruthless murderers. He now faces the possibility of a maximum life sentence.
Back at home the Human Rights Watch(HRW) welcomed the ruling terming it as well deserved and an example to countries that have denied justice to victims of war and viuolence.
Human Rights Watch Researcher for Africa Division Neela Ghoshal said that it gives a direction our country Kenya is likely to follow in giving justice to the post election violence victims of 2008.
“When victims do not have a place to seek for justice within their country, there is an option to seek justice and that is what happened with Lubanga’s case,” she was quoted.
Lubanga was arrested back in 2006 and his trial started in January 2009. Lubanga pleaded innocence to the charges placed before him.
His conviction should send a warning to other war rebels like Joseph Kony of the Lord's Resistance Army who should be captured and brought to justice.