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Ongwen Judgement Set for January 2021

Trial Judges at the International Criminal Court have set January 12th 2021 as the day they will deliver their verdict in Dominic’ Ongwen’s case

Dominic Ongwen, a former Brigade Commander of the LRA is accused of 70 war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Northern Uganda.

According to the ICC, the verdict will be read out in public and will be based only on the applicable law and on evidence submitted and discussed before it at the trial.

The Chamber is composed of Judge Bertram Schmitt (Presiding Judge), Péter Kovács and Raul Cano Pangalangan.

In response to the verdict, the parties will be able to appeal the decision before the ICC’s Appeals Chamber.

The trial in this case opened on 6 December 2016. The Prosecution and the Defence have since completed the presentation of their evidence.

The Legal Representatives of Victims also called witnesses to appear before the Chamber. On 12 December 2019, the Presiding Judge declared the closure of the submission of evidence in the case. The closing briefs were filed on 24 February 2020. The Closing statements took place from 10 to 12 March 2020.

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