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Institute for War and Peace Reporting (allAfrica.com), 18 March 2009

Defense lawyers in the trial of accused militia leader Thomas Lubanga on Tuesday questioned conflicting testimonies by a witness who said he was abducted and turned into a child soldier.

The witness, who was not identified, told the International Criminal Court the discrepancies were because he was afraid to tell the truth to investigators when he was first interviewed in an International Red Cross camp in 2005.

Defense lawyer Jean-Marie Biju-Duval noted differences in the witness’s statements in 2005, 2006, 2008, and the testimony he has given so far in court.

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