Hague's ICC court's 1st case resumes

Oct. 8, 2010 at 5:08 PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The Hague's International Criminal Court has ruled its first-ever trial against an accused Congolese warlord should resume after a three-month suspension.

Friday the ICC's judges ordered Thomas Lubanga's trial on war crimes to resume after its July suspension and Lubanga's release when prosecutors refused to hand information over to the defense, the BBC reported Friday.

The ICC, established in 2002 and not to be confused with the International Court of Justice, is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Lubanga stands accused of using child soldiers in a land struggle turned ethnic war in which about 50,000 people were killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002-2003, the BBC said

The case has been fraught with legal challenges, with prosecutor Moreno Ocampo refusing to disclose to the defense the identity of an intermediary used by prosecution investigators to work with witnesses.

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