International Criminal Court-ICC Appeals Chamber has fixed February 14 to 18 for
hearing the oral submissions and observations on the appeal against the
conviction and sentencing of Dominic Ongwen.
The ICC sentenced the former Sinia Brigade Commander of the Lord’s Resistance
Army –LRA Ongwen on May 6, 2021, to 25 years in jail after convicting him on 61
counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The crimes were committed in Northern
Uganda between July 1, 2002, and December 31, 2005.
Ongwen’s defense team led by Crispus Ayena Odongo filed its appeal briefs
against the conviction and sentencing of Ongwen on October 21 and 26 last year,
while the prosecutor and the participating victims also filed their
observations on the appeals on the same dates.
According to the court order signed by the Presiding Judge Luz del Carmen Ibanez
Carranza on November 17, the Appeals Chamber finds it appropriate to hold a
hearing to receive oral submissions and observations by the parties and
participants, and by amici curiae if any, on the appeals.
that scheduled dates are shortly after the expiry of the time limit stipulated
in the Chambers Practice Manual.
Mabinty, the ICC Outreach Coordinator for East Africa said in an interview that
the Judges will be hearing the submissions and observations of the parties and
participants on the various grounds for which Ongwen presented to the Judges.
Kamara says they will relay the live feeds of the appeal hearing to the locals
in different parts of Northern Uganda.
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among the five top LRA commanders indicted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes
against humanity. Others are the elusive LRA leader Joseph Kony and Vincent
The judges terminated the proceedings against Raska Lukwiya and Okot
Odhiambo after confirming their death.