Hague Court Convicts Ugandan Child Soldier, Rebel Leader Ongwen

The International Criminal Court has convicted child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen for crimes against humanity, including rape and forced pregnancy. Ongwen, once a commander of the feared Lord's Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony, is said to have committed the crimes between July 2002 and December 2005. He was accused of maiming, killing, torturing, forced marriage, forced pregnancy and leading an army of fighters in displacing communities in the North. The judges are expected to issue sentence later this year, but Ongwen, who surprisingly surrendered to authorities in 2015 after years of fleeing, may face life imprisonment. The ICC launched proceedings against Ongwen in 2016.

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Dominic Ongwen at his first appearance hearing at the International Criminal Court in The Hague (file photo).

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