July 10th, 2012
04:41 AM ET

Congolese warlord Lubanga gets 14 years for using child soldiers; will serve 8

The International Criminal Court handed down its first-ever sentence Tuesday, sending Thomas Lubanga - the Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers and turning them into killers - to prison for 14 years.

But six years, from March 2006 until Tuesday, that Lubanga had been in custody will be deducted from the sentence, Judge Adrian Fulford at the court The Hague, Netherlands, said.

Fulford said "vulnerability of children mean that they need to be afforded particular protection that does not apply to the general population."

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  1. Mary

    And this is how little the ICC values our most vulnerable 14yrs MINUS 6 for time served, no wonder only recently has a court in PA convicted a Archbishop of enabling priests to raype under his watch. (land mark decision)
    I notice not one comment from any authority within our own Government , how telling is it that the US has never joined. Could it for fear of their own crimes against humanity? YES !

    July 10, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    *an Archbishop
    Kids have always been targeted by those whom would have children doing grown-up things. From Hitler's Youth program to Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile Club, some kids are conditioned to take-up arms while others conditioned to take it up the ass.

    July 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Which begs the question, how many men have been prosecuted by the ICC regarding the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq?
    The answer is 'zero'. It's the first war in human history fought without war crime, evidentally.

    July 10, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    So now that we're moving agents closer to posts near the border, why wouldn't do the same for those organizations so Infamous as being a haven for these child raypist.
    We know where they 'sneak' in...
    thank you Philip, it is * an not 'a' 😉

    July 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    The sentence given in this case shows how little we protect our children whether it be in the Congo or here in the US, yet we are more concerned with moving the US border patrol agents closer to the border rather than placing agents in schools, Churches, and Boy Scouts programs to prevent the raypers from sneaking across the border that is suppose to protect our children.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |