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Age of Child Soldiers Scrutinised

Lubanga Trial Coverage – ICC – Africa Update

Wairagala Wakabi in The Hague (AR No. 212, 15-May-09) – IWPR – Thursday 21 May, 2009

Experts in the trial of accused Congolese leader Thomas Lubanga this week struggled to confirm the ages of child soldiers said to have been part of the Union of Congolese Patriots, UPC.

The specialists in age determination testified at the International Criminal Court, ICC, that, based on x-ray images, some may have been as young as 10 or 11 years old at the time they were allegedly UPC fighters.

Others, however, probably were not as young, said the experts, pointing out that the quality and limited nature of the images created a margin of error. . .

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