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LRA’s Dominic Ongwen Sentenced Today To 25 Years In Prison

Dominic Ongwen; ICC Sets Date To Deliver Verdict On Appeal

On December 15, the judgment in a case where Dominic Ongwen is appealing against a 25-year jail term will be passed. The International Criminal Court picked this date to pass the verdict against the former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

The court found Ongwen guilty of committing atrocities in northern Uganda over two decades ago.

In early 2021, the former rebel was found guilty of 61 offenses. Some of them included crimes against humanity and war crimes he committed against civilians in the early 2000s.

Following the guilty verdict, the ICC sentenced him to 25 years in prison. However, this is something he didn’t find satisfactory since he surrendered. He consequently decided to appeal against both the conviction’ and the ‘sentence’.

“On 15 December 2022 at 11:30 (Hague time), in the case The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) will deliver its judgment on the Defence’s appeals against Mr Ongwen’s conviction and sentence,” the press statement from the public affairs unit of the global court read in part.

In their appeal, the defense also highlighted 90 grounds made up of legal, factual and procedural errors connected to the sentence.

Currently, under Netherlands detention, Ongwen became the first LRA rebel to be guilty of the atrocities committed in Northern Uganda. These crimes against humanity left over 100,000 people dead and over 1.8 million displaced.

Ongwen said he was a victim of Joseph Kony the LRA leader. This is because they abducted him as a child and indoctrinated him with LRA agendas.

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