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[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Thursday that he would seek the maximum sentence for recently convicted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [ICC materials]. Lubanga was found guilty [JURIST report] Wednesday of the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities. Ocampo said that if the prosecution seeks one year per child the total will be well beyond the maximum 30 years [AFP report] provided for under article 77(1) of the Rome Statute, which also allows life sentences for particularly heinous crimes. UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay [official profile] hailed the verdict [press release] and said that the ICC plays a vital role in prosecuting human rights violations when states are unwilling or unable to do so. Lubanga's sentencing date has yet to be determined.
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