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Ongwen set to appear before ICC today

Bethel | 95timefm


The International Criminal Court will today decide on an appeal by a Ugandan child soldier-turned-commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army against his conviction and 25-year sentence for war crimes.

Dominic Ongwen, who was abducted aged nine by the rebel group led by the fugitive Joseph Kony, was found guilty last year of murder, rape and sexual enslavement in northern Uganda during the early 2000s.

Judges will read the verdict at the ICC’s high-security headquarters in The Hague, where Ongwen’s trial had started six years ago, in what is expected to be a lengthy session.

Defence lawyers argued earlier this year that Ongwen’s conviction and sentence should be overturned as he had been scarred by his own experience as a child soldier.