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Victims Ask ICC To Admit More Witnesses in Ongwen Trial

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.
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Victims of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) massacre in Abok Sub County in Oyam district want the International Criminal Court (ICC) to admit more witnesses and victims in the trial of Dominic Ongwen.

The victims told the ICC Registrar they are more than ready to testify against Dominic Ongwen whose trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity kicked off today at The Hague.

Some of the victims say they failed to join the trial because the court gave too short a registration period for them to get registered in the process.

Cyprian Ayoo, the former Camp leader at Abok camp for internally displaced people, says only 80 people were registered a day. At least 1,100 were registered between July and September 2016 in addition to 114 two years ago.

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They also requested the court to consider supporting the economic welfare of victims during the course of the trial instead of waiting to pay reparations at the end of the trial that might take years.

Among those willing to join the trial is 70 year old Ponancin Apiyo, a resident of Akwal Village. She says her niece was burnt alive in a hut during the 2004 attack on Abok Camp and several relatives were killed. She says she is more than willing to join the trial and pin Ongwen for his responsibility in the attack.

Apiyo stood in a group of six elderly women to discuss what they saw in the live-stream of the trial of Ongwen. Asked what their immediate reaction was upon seeing the accused plead not guilty, sit in court smartly dressed in suit and neck tie, the women said in chorus “it saddened all of us and wish we could lay our hands on him”.

Among those gathered to watch the proceedings under two huge tents set outside Abok Administrative headquarters, were young and old members of the communities. Many of them pegged their cheeks as they watched attentively. They all sat in silence and sadness was visible on their faces.

They also requested that ICC to open a field office in Gulu to ease coordination with the Hague based court.  

Herman von Hebel, the ICC Registrar told the victims that the Court officials in Kampala will be on ground in case locations to address their concerns as much as possible. He also told them that it might not be easy to admit new witnesses but the court registry will ensure that their concerns are heard.

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He said the huge turn up of the victims to follow the trial and their reactions that he observed thrilled him.

Hebel laid a wreath at the base of a monument erected outside Abok Sub County administrative headquarters in honour of the more than 80 victims of the 2004 massacre.

The registrar was in Abok to witness the live-streaming of the opening of the trial of Dominic Ongwen at the ICC today. Ongwen, 41 faces 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity he is alleged to have committed while commanding the Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army.

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