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Kwoyelo Committed for Trial; Case to Be Heard In Gulu

The International Crimes Division of the High Court has committed former LRA senior commandant Thomas Kwoyelo alias Latoni after confirming the 93 charges against him, to appear for trial before a panel of 3 judges of this court.

Justice Suzan Okalany after examining the statements and evidence which prosecution intends to use against the suspect, says she found them sufficient enough to sustain all the charges at trial stage.

Kwoyelo’s trial will sit at Gulu High Court.

The judge before committing Kwoyelo explained to him first, that had not been convicted, but that the evidence against him was of the required standard.

Justice Okalany also assured the defence that they will receive the hearing notice a month before the hearing date.

The 93 counts against Kwoyelo include Crimes against Humanity such as murder, rape, enslavement, torture, imprisonment and other inhumane acts such as hostage taking and waging attacks on IDP camps.

Prosecution contends that in order to further the LRA plan, Kwoyelo wilfully commanded systematic attacks on civilians who were taking no part in an armed rebellion and subjected them to hostilities simply because they were believed to be supporting the government of Uganda.

According to the examined evidence, Kwoyelo who is a born of the present day Amuru district in Northern Uganda got enlisted in the LRA group and under went through Military training to rise through  the ranks before  establishing  his base at Kilak hills from where he would command attacks on  civilians notably in the years of 1987, 1993, 1996 and 2003.

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In these incidents prosecution says  Kwoyelo   used axes , clubs and guns to attack  and take hostage residents from  his place of birth who would be collecting  fire wood, attending  rituals and would be discovered dead  the following day with their hands tied behind their backs .

It is further shown that Kwoyelo would   rape women and girls, make them carry loot for the LRA  and kill the sick and elderly who were considered to be of no purpose to the  LRA.

 

 

 

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