THE HAGUE, Feb. 4 — The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday convicted former Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Ongwen was found guilty of 61 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the long-lasting civil war in Uganda. The crimes are related to attacks against civilians in the northern part of the country between July 1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2005.
The judges acknowledged that Ongwen has suffered as an ex-child soldier, but emphasized that this case was about his actions as an adult commander. A sentence for the crimes committed will follow at a later date.
Ongwen was arrested in the Central African Republic in January 2015 and transferred to the ICC’s custody later that month. The Court had issued an arrest warrant against Ongwen already in July 2005.