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ICC Constitutes Dominic Ongwen Trial Chamber :: Uganda Radionetwork
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ICC Constitutes Dominic Ongwen Trial Chamber

The Trial Chamber is responsible for the conduct of trial proceedings and is adopting all the necessary procedures to ensure that the trial is fair and expeditious. The judges will schedule a date for the opening of the respective trials in due course, a statement issued this afternoon by the ICC states.
The Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has constituted a Trial Chamber for the former Commander in the Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army -LRA Dominic Ongwen.

Coded Trial Chamber IX, the panel is composed of Judge Bertram Schmitt from Germany, Judge Peter Kovacs from Hungary and Judge Raul C. Pangalangan from Philippines.

The Trial Chamber is responsible for the conduct of trial proceedings and is adopting all the necessary procedures to ensure that the trial is fair and expeditious. The judges will schedule a date for the opening of the respective trials in due course, a statement issued this afternoon by the ICC states.

Dominic Ogwen was committed to the Trial Chamber after Pre-Trial Chamber II of court issued a decision in March 2016 confirming 70 charges filed by the Prosecutor against him.

The Chamber concluded that there are substantial grounds to believe that Dominic Ongwen is responsible for several crimes against humanity and war crimes. These include murder, rape, and torture, destruction of property, pillaging and the conscription of children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities among others.

The confirmed charges concern crimes allegedly committed during attacks in Pajule IDP camp in October 2003, Odek IDP camp on April 2004, Lukodi IDP camp on May 2004, and Abok IDP camps in June 2004.

They also cover sexual and gender-based crimes directly and indirectly committed by Dominic Ongwen and crimes of conscription and use in hostilities of children under the age of 15 allegedly committed in northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005.

Ongwen was surrendered to the ICC on 16 January 2015 pursuant to an ICC warrant of arrest and transferred to the ICC custody on 21 January 2015.

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