On June 27, 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) began hearings to confirm the war crimes charges against two former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leaders. The first defendant, Germain Katanga, was accused of using child soldiers and orchestrating violence against women. The second, Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, was the former Nationalist and Integrationist Front leader who was implicated in the killing of approximately 200 people in an attack against the village of Bogoro in 2003. The first defendant to appear before the ICC in connection with the strife and atrocities committed in DRC was militia leader Thomas Lubanga, who was charged with enlisting child soldiers.
Learn more about ICC, DCR and the laws governing war crimes from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the case from Katerina Kappos on JURIST Hotline.