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ICC to Try Ugandan LRA Commander

Mail & Guardian   in 
January 14, 2015

Captured Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel chief Dominic Ongwen will be sent to the International Criminal Court to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Uganda’s military and the United States said on Tuesday.

The ICC has sought Ongwen, who is in custody of US special forces after surrendering in the Central African Republic (CAR) last week, for almost a decade to face charges including murder, enslavement, inhumane acts and directing attacks against civilians.

“Finally it has been decided, Dominic Ongwen will be tried at the ICC in The Hague,” Ugandan army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda said, ending speculation that Kampala might seek to put the ex-rebel on trial in a local court.

“Ongwen will be conveyed to The Hague by CAR authorities … in consultation with the relevant bodies,” Ankunda said, adding that he would be transferred “hopefully very soon” without giving further details.

In Washington, state department spokesperson Marie Harf said Ongwen will be turned over to the African Union Regional Task Force and then transferred to the ICC in The Hague.

“The United States understands that the governments of CAR and Uganda have consulted and are in agreement that Ongwen will then be transferred to ICC to face justice for his alleged crimes,” Harf said.

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