The Lawyer and the Warlord

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A British defence lawyer and his war criminal client form an unusual partnership to try and bring peace to a small corner of a seemingly hopeless country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Is reconciliation ever possible between perpetrators of terrible crimes and their victims?

Barrister David Hooper thinks so and wants to help his client, the warlord Germain Katanga, make peace with the survivors of a massacre in a Congolese village where in 2003 his militiamen shot and hacked to death more than 100 people from another ethnic group.

That could happen this year. Germain is near the end of his 12-year sentence and later this month David will go back to the International Criminal Court to argue for his early release.

Director: Lisa Clifford
Executive Producer: Andy Glynne


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