Ugandan Rebel Commander Convicted of War Crimes by International Criminal Court

On Tuesday, February 4th 2021, the ICC found Lord’s Resistance Army commander, Dominic Ongwen, guilty of 61 crimes against humanity and war crimes committed between July 2002 and December 2005 in Northern Uganda. 

Ongwen’s crimes include murder, torture, enslavement, sexual violence, abducting children, and destruction of property.

The ICC’s Chamber IX found that Ongwen was fully responsible for his crimes as there was no evidence to support his lawyer’s claim that he was mentally unstable at the time or that he carried out his crimes under duress.

The Chamber will receive submissions on a suitable sentence for Ongwen from the Prosecutor, the Defence, and lawyers for participating victims.

Source: ICC CPI

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