East Africa

Captured LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen appears at ICC

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A captured Lord’s Resistance Army commander has made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Dominic Ongwen confirmed his identity and was informed of the charges against him during a brief court session Monday.

The single judge presiding set August 24 as the date for confirmation of charges hearing.

Ongwen faces three counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes in connection with LRA attacks in Uganda in 2004.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said last week that Ongwen is “among those who bear the greatest responsibility” for LRA atrocities. The rebel group, originally based in Uganda, is accused of killing and kidnapping tens of thousands of people across four African countries over the past 30 years.

The court has issued indictments for four other LRA leaders, including the rebel group’s chief, Joseph Kony.

An African Union task force is searching across central Africa for Kony and the few remaining bands of LRA fighters. Ongwen surrendered in the Central African Republic earlier this month.


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