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War criminals transferred to the DRC

The International Criminal Court has transferred two former Congolese militia leaders, convicted of war crimes, to a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Thomas Lubanga and Germain Katanga are the first ICC convicts to be allowed to serve sentences in their home country, the BBC reports.

Former warlord Mr Lubanga is serving 14 years for war crimes, while militia chief Mr Katanga is due to be released next year.

The ICC says it will help supervise their imprisonment in the DRC.

Lubanga and Katanga "have both expressed a preference to serve their respective prison terms in DRC, their country of origin", the court said in a statement, which also stressed that their detention in the DRC must conform to international norms on the treatment of prisoners.