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Appeals Judge Recuses Herself from Lubanga Appeal

International Criminal Court Appeals Judge Akua Kuenyehia has removed herself from hearing the appeal of the trial court decision suspending the case against Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Judge Kuenyehia sat on the pre-trial chamber that approved the warrant and initial indictment against Lubanga. ...
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Trial Chamber I Orders the Release of Thomas Lubanga

Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, based on the court’s order last week to stay the proceedings.  That order, blogged about here, found that the prosecutions refusal to obey court orders to disclose the identity of witnesses...
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Lubanga Trial Suspended Again

Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, has suspended proceedings in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.  Lubanga was the first accused to appear before the court in 2007.  In January 2009, the trial began, in January 2010, the defense began presenting...
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Lubanga Defense Witnesses Testify by Video Link

Two witnesses in the International Criminal Court (ICC) case against Thomas Lubanga testified by video link because they were unable to travel to The Hague.  The defense asserts they were unable to travel because prosecution witnesses, who are also participating as victims in the case, had stolen their...
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Lubanga Defense Claims Witnesses Stole Identities

The defense team for Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has claimed that a witness testified under a false name.  The witness, who testified as Dieudonné Tonyfwa Urochi, and is participating in the case as both a witness for the prosecution and as a victim seeking...
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Lubanga Defense Again Raises Concerns About Translation Errors

Thomas Lubanga Dyilo’s defense team again raised concerns about the accuracy of the translations and transcripts of the proceedings.  Defense counsel Catherine Mabile reported to the chamber that the defense had found “extremely important discrepancies” in the testimony of some witnesses.  It is unclear what the discrepancies were. ...
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Lubanga Trial Suspended over Transcription Errors

The Thomas Lubanga Dyilo case at the International Criminal Court in The Hague has been suspended over questions about the transcripts.  The court operates simultaneously in French, English, and whatever language a witness is testifying in.  The court reporters maintain transcripts in English and French based on the...
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Lubanga Defense Described as "Witnesses Lied, Lubanga Not Guilty"

The Open Society Institute offered its summary of the Lubanga defense on its Lubangatrial.org website, boiling down the arguments to “witnesses lied, Lubanga not guilty.” The website’s summary, and unofficial transcript of the opening argument of Catherine Mabille, defense counsel for Thomas Lubanga is available here.  Catherine Mabille...
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