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Lord of Resistance Army Commander to know fate today

The verdict of Dominic Ongwen, a former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander is to be delivered today Thursday 4th February at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Ongwen   is charged with 70 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes he allegedly committed during the LRA insurgency that ravaged northern Uganda for over 18 years.

According to the prosecution, Ongwen is accused of having committed the heinous crimes after July1, 2002. He has been on trial since December 6, 2016.

Ongwen’s case will be decided by the judges basing on the evidence adduced by 69 prosecution witnesses against the 54 witnesses his lawyer Krispus Ayena Odongo presented.

During the trial, at least 4,095 victims took part in the proceedings.

Last year on December 12, the Presiding Judge declared the closure of the submission of evidence in the case. The closing briefs were submitted on February 24, while the closing statements were on March 10 to 12.

Ongwen purportedly committed attacks against the Pajule internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in October, 2003, Odek IDP (April 2004), Lukodi IDP (May 2004) and Abok IDP camps (June 2004).

Also included are sexual and gender-based crimes, crimes of conscription and use in hostilities of children under the age of 15 purportedly committed in northern Uganda between July 1, 2002, and December 31, 2005

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