Congo ex-militia leader seeks dismissal of ICC war crimes charges Abigail Salisbury at 2:11 PM ET
[JURIST] Defense counsel for Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] moved to dismiss all charges against the former Congolese militia leader at an International Criminal Court (ICC) status conference at The Hague Tuesday on the ground that prosecutors have refused to provide documents [defense materials, in French] that could aid Lubangas defense. The Office of the Prosecutor filed an explanation [PDF text; PDF, supplement] of its refusal last week, contending that it received most of the documents on the condition of confidentiality and solely for the purpose of generating new evidence. A ruling on the issue is expected at the next status conference on Wednesday, and the trial is set to begin in two weeks [ICC schedule]. AP has more.
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