The Lawyer representing victims in the trial of Thomas Kwoyelo, Mr. Henry Kilama has threatened to take the case to the African Court on Human and People’s Rights based in the Arusha if the case is not heard before the end of the year.
Thomas Kwoyelo, a former commander of the Lord’s resistance Army[LRA] is currently at the international Crimes division of the High Court [ICD] facing 67 charges related to murder, enslavement, hostage taking, aggravated robbery, rape, violence among others.
Mr. Kilama made the remarks on Friday at the 6th Justice Tafakari Forum organized by Refugee Law Project to understand the trial of Dominic Ongwen at the ICC and Thomas Kwoyelo at the [ICD].
Mr. Kilama noted that the Thomas Kwoyelo’s case has taken long and it has denied the victim access to Justice adding that although the ICD is not well funded like other international courts, “they should speed up the trial.”
Mr. Kilama also revealed that Thomas Kwoyelo’s defense team is set to file a bail application Tuesday 6th November 2018 and he is expected to appear in court on the 12 and 13 November 2018.
Stella Lalam, one of the victim who was abducted while young and came back with children told the stakeholders that government has not done anything for them ever since they returned adding that many of them are suffering and being stigmatized.
Sheikh Uthman Oola, from Agago district who represented Acholi district Khadi at the Forum emphasized that forgiveness is what will heal the wounds from the past reiterating that the roles the religious leaders play in the process of healing and truth telling is very important.
According to Jimmy Wainimbi from Refugee Law Project, Justice Tafakari aims at bringing stakeholders and justice practitioners within Northern Uganda and beyond to reflect on the status of the two cases of Dominic Ongwen and Thomas Kwoyelo, to understand the new developments and their implication among others.