January 17, 2015

LRA Commander Ongwen Handed Over To ICC

Captured Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen, has been handed over to the representative of the International Criminal Court, the Central Africa Republic state prosecutor said Saturday morning.

Match to The Hague: LRA commander Dominic Ongwen, in front, walking to board a plane, destined for the ICC headquarters in The Hague.
Match to The Hague: LRA commander Dominic Ongwen, in front, walking to board a plane, destined for the ICC headquarters in The Hague.

Prosecutor Ghislain Grezengue said Ongwen will be flown to the ICC headquarters in The Hague today.

Ongwen, who was third in command of the rebel group faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The army said in an email to the media that Col Michael Kabango of UPDF handed over Ongwen to AU representative, who subsequently handed him over to the representative of the Central Africa Republic (CAR).

He was flown to Bangui for further management, “destine to The Hague,” said the UPDF in an email to the media.

“I came back from Obo (CAR, where LRA has been operating)  where we went to get him from. We have already handed him over to ICC representatives, who will take him to the court,” Grezengue told the media in CAR.

Dominic Ongwen, was captured in CAR a fortnight ago. He is charged along with LRA leader Joseph Kony and second in command Okot Odhiambo. The two are still at large, believed to be operating between CAR and Sudan.

The LRA launched a rebellion against the Uganda government in mid 1980s and earned a reputation for carrying out massacre and mutilating victims. It is also accused of using child soldiers and under age girls as sex slaves.

The LRA left Uganda a decade ago and is currently operating in parts of South Sudan, DR Congo, Sudan and CAR.

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