LRA Ogwen Found guilty of 61 War Crimes

LRA Commander Dominic Ogwen

LRA Ogwen Found guilty of 61 War Crimes

Former Lord Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ogwen has been found guilt beyond doubt of 61 war crimes by International Criminal Court.

Some of the crimes include sexual abuse crimes, pillaging, forced pregnancy and murder.

ICC said Ogwen ordered attacks on four refugee camps as a senior commander in the LRA, which under its fugitive chief Joseph Kony waged a bloody campaign to set up a state based on the Bible’s ten commandments.

Judges rejected defense arguments that Ongwen was himself a victim, as he had been abducted by the LRA at the age of around nine and suffered psychological damage as a result.
“The chamber is aware that he suffered much,” judge Schmitt said.

“However, this case is about crimes committed by Dominic Ongwen as a responsible adult and a commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army.”

“The chamber did not find evidence for the claim by the defence that he suffered from any mental disease or that he committed the crimes under duress,” Schmitt said.