ICC To Release Documents On Ongwen Case

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has released a string of documents relating to the Dominic Ongwen case.


In a ruling made Tuesday afternoon, the court decided to make public documents relating to the case of Dominic Ongwen.

The documents 21 in total, are a revelation of arrest warrants and requests for arrest of rebels made to three governments; Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

Dominic Ongwen, an LRA commander, is under trial in the Hague for crimes against humanity and war crimes. On Saturday, the prosecutor in the case asked for more time to confirm the charges against Ongwen.

The development also comes a day after the LRA crisis tracking report was released and it showed that the rebel force considerably weakened.

The force estimated to be 165 in total at the moment, is fighting in Central Africa Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The release of the documents is a key step in helping the public understand Ongwen’s case that has been muddled in different ways.

The documents also shed light on the unwillingness of governments to make arrests even when they were informed that Kony and his accomplices were in their territory.

Invisible Children’s country director Patrick Munduga had earlier said in an interview Monday that the Sudanese government had not made enough effort to arrest Kony even when intelligence information had been given to them indicating that the rebel lord was in Kifia Kingi.

The 21 documents, according to the court order, will be available on the International Criminal Court website for public viewing