LRA commander Dominic Ongwen handed 25 year jail term

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LRA commander Dominic Ongwen at the ICC. PHOTO/COURTESY

HAGUE – The International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Lords Resistance Army to 25 years behind bars for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda.

The 45 year old was captured as a child soldier before he rose ranks and became the commander of the LRA.

The commander was found guilty of 61 charges including murders, rapes and sexual enslavement during a reign of terror in the early 2000s by the LRA.

Ongwen, also referred to as “White Ant” defended himself against the crimes saying he was the first victim of child abduction, adding that he couldn’t believe what happened to him.

But the judges, in their verdict early in February, said Ongwen personally ordered his soldiers to carry out mass killings of more than 130 civilians at the Lukodi, Pajule, Odek, and Abok refugee camps between 2002 and 2005.

The ICC allows for a maximum 30 year sentence.


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