Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Details of the 70 charges LRA's Ongwen faces at the ICC

Ongwen at the ICC. FILE PHOTO

DOMINIC Ongwen will face 70 charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

He faces War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity for his role in the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebellion a decade ago in Northern Uganda.

ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber II confirmed the charges against  Ongwen and committed him to trial rial before a Trial Chamber.

According to a statement from the ICC, Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser (Italy), Judge Chang-ho Chung (Republic of Korea) and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France) who adopted a separate concurring opinion. The decision confirming the charges can be appealed only with the authorisation of Pre-Trial Chamber II.

The ICC statement added that the ICC Presidency will assign the case to a Trial Chamber in due course.

"The Chamber concluded that there are substantial grounds to believe that Dominic Ongwen is responsible, pursuant to articles 25(3) (a) (direct perpetration, indirect perpetration and indirect co-perpetration), 25(3) (b) (ordering), 25(3) (d) (i) and (ii) and 28(a) (command responsibility) of the Rome Statute, for the following crimes against humanity and war crimes."

War crimes: 

attack against the civilian population; murder and attempted murder; rape; sexual slavery; torture; cruel treatment; outrages upon personal dignity; destruction of property; pillaging; the conscription and use of children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities;

Crimes against humanity: 
murder and attempted murder; torture; sexual slavery; rape; enslavement; forced marriage as an inhumane act; persecution; and other inhumane acts.
The confirmed charges concern crimes allegedly committed during attacks against the Pajule IDP (October 2003), Odek IDP (April 2004) Lukodi IDP (May 2004) and Abok IDP camps (June 2004), as well as sexual and gender-based crimes directly and indirectly committed by Dominic Ongwen and crimes of conscription and use in hostilities of children under the age of 15 allegedly committed in northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005.

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