The International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Tuesday delivered the first prison sentence in its 10-year history, sending Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in jail for conscripting child soldiers in 2002 and 2003. Many welcomed the court finally taking retributive action against an alleged human rights abuser, which could serve as a valuable deterrent in the future. However, the sentence was far less than the 30 years requested by prosecutors. In addition, Lubanga is expected to be released in a mere three and a half years, after the court factors in time already served and Lubanga's reported good behavior in prison.
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