The prosecution has concluded its case in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, alleged founder and leader of the union des patriotes congolais (UPC).
Lubanga Dyilo faced two counts of war crimes consisting of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 years and using them to participate actively in hostilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The trial started on 26th Jan ‘09.
The defence is scheduled to start presenting its evidence in Oct ‘09. For over 22 weeks, during 74 days of hearings, the trial chamber heard 28 witnesses called by the office of the prosecutor, including three experts. The Chamber also called two other experts to testify. The defence team cross-examined all the witnesses presented by the prosecution.
Twenty-five witnesses were granted protective measures. These measures included voice and facial distortion and the use of pseudonyms.
Two other cases relating to the situation in the DRC are being heard before the Court: The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui and the Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda. Both Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui
are in the custody of the Court while Bosco Ntaganda remains at large.