Congolese warlord jailed for 14 years in landmark case

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo at the International Criminal Court today Credit: REUTERS/Jerry Lampen/ANP/Pool

The Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Lubanga, 51, was found guilty of war crimes in March, specifically for using child soldiers in his rebel army in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-03.

The court heard how the former militia commander abducted children as young as 11, forcing the girls into sexual slavery and training the boys to use weapons and kill.

It is the first conviction and sentencing since the ICC started work more than a decade ago.