ICC judges reject abuse of process claim in trial

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Posted: Feb 23, 2011 12:41 PM
ICC judges reject abuse of process claim in trial

Judges at the International Criminal Court have rejected an alleged Congolese warlord's request to halt his trial over allegations of misconduct by prosecutors.

The decision clears the way for the resumption of the trial of Thomas Lubanga, the first suspect to be prosecuted at the world's first permanent international criminal tribunal.

Details of the judges' decision Wednesday were not immediately released. Lubanga had claimed that intermediaries employed by prosecutors had bribed and coached witnesses.

Lubanga is charged with recruiting and deploying child soldiers in a brutal conflict in eastern Congo in 2002-2003. He denies the allegations and insists he was a politician and peacemaker, not a warlord.