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Judges Prevent Dominic Ongwen from Visiting Northern Uganda

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.
28 Jun 2018 18:37
Dominic Ongwen During His Trial At the International Criminal Court ICC

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Judges of the International Criminal Court denied former Lord's Resistance Army-LRA commander Dominic Ongwen the opportunity of visiting Northern Uganda midway his trial.

 

The Hague based court had initially planned to transport Dominic Ongwen, the alleged commander of the Sinia brigade to the region as judges visited the post-conflict region this month between June 3rd and 7th.

Ongwen, 43, is standing trial at the International Criminal Court for 70 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and sexual and gender-based crimes he is alleged to have committed while serving in the Lord's Resistance Army as commander of the sinia brigade.  

Ogwen's trial stems from crimes allegedly committed between 2003 and 2005 during attacks in IDP camps of Pajule-Lapul in October 2003, Odek in April 2004, Lukodi in May 2004 and Abok in June 2004.

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.

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A panel of judges of Trial Chamber IX, composed of Judge Bertram Schmitt from Germany, Judge Peter Kovacs from Hungary and Judge Raul C. Pangalangan from the Philippines toured the Four case locations of Lukodi, Abok, Odek, and Pajule during the site visit.

Counsel Adeboyejo says the judges felt that bringing Dominic Ongwen would have a huge influence on the progress of the trial.

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During the visit, Ongwen, aged 43 was therefore represented by his lead counsel Krispus Ayena Odongo.

According to a court document URN saw, Ongwen would have been temporarily kept at a local prison facility throughout the judicial side visit had he returned to the region he terrorized as a fearsome commander of the LRA.

It is now 30 years since he was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) while on his way to Koro Abili Primary School in 1988.