Ongwen Case Adjourned for Summer Recess

The trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] commander, Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court [ICC] has been adjourned to August 12th due to Judicial recess.

Ongwen, a former Brigade Commander of LRA is being charged with 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity which he is alleged to have committed between July 2002 and December 2005 in Northern Uganda.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday at the Northern Uganda Media Club [NUMEC], Ms. Maria Mabinti Kamara, the ICC Field Office Coordinator for Kenya and Uganda explained that the Court has three recess period beginning with the Christmas break, Easter period and the Summer period between July and August.

So far in this case, 39 out of the 72 witnesses have testified, and when the Court resumes in August the 40th witness will come and testify.

Meanwhile, the ICC Field Office will join the rest of the World on July 17, to commemorate the International Justice day under the theme ‘’Humanity against Crime’’

Ms. Kamara said the celebrations this year are aimed at giving sense of justice to the victims of the LRA war and to give them a voice and a platform where they can freely speak.

The celebration will take place at St. Monica girls school compound in Gulu where victims and survivors of the LRA insurgency will be converging.


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