Former NRA Soldiers to testify in Defence of Ongwen, Says Lawyer

The defense team in the case where former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen is accused of committing crimes against humanity at The Hague based International Criminal Court has lined up 72 witnesses to testify in his defense.

Ongwen is being tried on 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed while he was a senior brigade commander of the LRA.

Ogwen’s assistant defense lawyer Thomas Obhof, while speaking to journalists from the northern Uganda media club in Gulu town, revealed that 62 witnesses will testify live in court while 10 will testify by statements.

The witnesses, he said, will be selected from the time when President Yoweri Museveni came into power in 1986.

The defence team, according to the lawyer, is currently preparing paper work for some of the witnesses, who will include among others former LRA combatants, community leaders, people who were in IDP camps, former Arrow Boys militias, Local Defence Units and some members of the UPDF, known back in the day as the National Resistance Army [NRA]

Meanwhile, Mr Obhof complained of severe inadequate funding for the defence team’s operations, having been allocated just 73,000 Euros for 90 days.

He said that money is meant for national trips, international trips, hiring an investigator among others.

The defence is expected to start making their submission on September 18 when the case resumes and the submission is expected to end by November 2019.



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