The motion filed by the Defense of Dominic Ongwen on February 1St implicates the Prosecution and Trial Chamber II of the Court for irregularly confirming 70 charges and Six modes of liability of war crimes, crimes against humanity and sexual crimes against Dominic Ongwen.
Pieter W. I. de Baan, the Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims says the six organizations will receive a minimum grant of 50,000 Euros approximately 212 Million shillings to continue implementing assistance programme for physical rehabilitation, psychological rehabilitation as well as material support for victims of the conflict.
Adesola Adeboyejo, a trial lawyer in the office of the prosecutor says the decision to admit Dominic Ongwen in the judicial site visit was reconsidered based on many factors including representation by his own counsel Krispus Ayena Odongo.
A second delegation of 10 religious and cultural leaders from Acholi sub region will once again visit the seat of the International Criminal Court ICC in the Hague this year. They are expected to interact with former Lords Resistance Army LRA warlord Dominic Ongwen, a native of Amuru district who standing trial at the Court for 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
At least 4,107 victims have been admitted to participate in the case. 2,605 of these are represented by Joseph Akwenyu Manoba and Francisco Cox, the representative of the victims. The remaining 1,502 victims are represented by Paolina Massidda, the common legal representative of Victims.
Seventy-year-old Ponancin Apiyo, a survivor of the 2004 LRA attack on Abok Camp, stood in a group of six elderly women to discuss what they saw in the live-stream of the trial of Dominic Ongwen. Asked what their immediate reaction was upon seeing the accused plead not guilty, sit in court smartly dressed in suit, the women said in chorus it saddened all of us and wish we could lay our hands on him.
However, Gumpert says integrating the evidence collected by government doesnt make the court bias. He says the court only exploited the Complementarity provisions within the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court.
A confirmation of charges hearing is held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds that the accused person committed each of the crimes brought against them. If charges are confirmed, the Pre-Trial Chamber commits the case for trial before a Trial Chamber.
The Foundation therefore sought leave of court to allow it submit views and concerns of other victims in Lango and Teso regions to allow them participate in proceedings and benefit from potential reparation awards, once Ongwen is convicted.
Fadi El Abdallah says pursuant to rule 100 of the court\'s âï¿½ï¿½Rules of Procedure and Evidence\', the International Criminal Court may decide to sit in a State other than the host State, for such period or periods as may be required, to hear the case in whole or in part, where the Court considers that it would be in the interests of justice.