The International Criminal Court hands down its sentence in the case of Dominic Ongwen, who was found guilty in February of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Northern Uganda between July 2002 and December 2005. On February 4 Ongwen was found guilty on 61 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Northern Uganda between 2003-2004.
Ongwen is the first defendant at the ICC to be found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and also be a victim of the same offences. Ongwen was amongst thousands of children kidnapped by the LRA to become child soldiers. But Ongwen rose through the ranks to become deputy to the LRA’s notorious commander Joseph Kony, who is still a fugitive.
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