ICC suspends release of Congo ex-militia leader Lubanga Mike Rosen-Molina at 2:39 PM ET
[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Monday granted [decision, PDF; press release] the suspensive effect of the prosecutors' appeal [PDF] against the release of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile]. The granting of the appeal means that Lubanga will not be released until a final decision is made by the ICC. Late last month, the ICC imposed an indefinite stay [order, PDF; JURIST report] on Lubanga's war crimes trial due to prosecutorial misconduct, concluding that Lubanga would be unable to receive a fair trial. The court subsequently ordered Lubanga set free [JURIST report] but agreed to suspend his release for five days, giving the prosecution time to appeal. AFP has more.
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