DR Congo Warlord Released from Jail

Thomas Lubanga Dyilo Was found Guilty of Recruiting Child Soldiers


Convicted warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo has been released from prison. He was accused of recruiting child soldiers during the second Congo war between 2002 and 2003.

The prosecutors at the International Criminal Court had sought a “severe sentence” of 30 years. The court found him guilty and was jailed for 14 years.

Human Rights Watch estimates that more than 20,000 people were killed in the conflict between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups.

Dyilo’s supporters gathered outside the jail to receive him.