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Ongwen's Opening Trial To Last Three Days :: Uganda Radionetwork

Ongwen's Opening Trial To Last Three Days

The opening statement expected to last three days will be followed by a judicial recess lasting till 2017 thereafter full trial will commence on January 16th.

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The full trial of Dominic Ongwen, the former commander of the Lord's Resistance Army-LRA rebels is likely to commence in January 2017, URN has learnt.


Ongwen faces 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court-ICC in The Hague.

Ongwen is expected to appear before the International Criminal Court on December 6, 2016 for the opening statements.

Maria Kamara Mabinty, the ICC Outreach Officer in Uganda, says the session for the opening statements is expected to last for three days that will be followed by a judicial recess.

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Fatou Bensouda, the Court's Prosecutor is expected to make opening statements highlighting the overview of the crimes for, which the accused is charged. 

Ongwen's defense lawyers, led by Chrispus Ayena Odongo and those for the 4,109 victims represented by Francisco Cox, Joseph Manoba and the head for office for public counsel Paulina Masida will also file rejoinders.

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Vincent Oyet, the Secretary of the Lukodi Massacre Victims and Survivors' Association says the affected communities are optimistic that the trial will culminate into justice and compensation.

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Dominic Ongwen, 41, the alleged commander of Sinia brigade of the Lord's Resistance army faces 70 counts of war crimes, sexual crimes and crimes against humanity. 

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 19, 2004, and Abok IDP camps in June 2004. 

They 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.


They also cover sexual and gender-based crimes directly and indirectly committed by Dominic Ongwen in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005.

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