ICC Sets Date for Ogwen’s Sentencing

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The International Criminal Court [ICC] has set May 6th as the date for sentencing on Dominic Ogwen, a former commander of the Lord’s resistance Army.

On February 4, Ongwen was found guilty of 61 offences of War Crimes and Crimes against humanity that he allegedly committed between 2003 and 2004 when he was a brigade commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army led by its elusive leader, Joseph Kony.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the ICC gave Ongwen and his Defense Lawyers to mitigate his-would be sentence

The ICC Field Outreach Coordinator for Uganda Jimmy Otim Ocogo confirmed this development to Journalists saying that it’s upon the Judges of the court to decide how many years Ongwen will be in-prison.

Dominic Ogwen

Speaking to journalists in Gulu on Thursday through a zoom press conference, the ICC Spokesperson El Abdallah said that the Rome Statute does not provide for a death sentence as one of its punishment

Mr. Fadi further added that sentences range up to 30 years in imprisonment or under exceptional circumstances, a life imprisonment or a fine

Mr. Fadi however added that Ongwen and his defence lawyers can file for an appeal in the appeal chambers after the sentencing if they feel they are not contented with the judgment

The Crimes Ongwen was found guilty of is only in four location at the Internally displaced people’s camp in Northern Uganda, Pajule[ 10th October 2003], Odek [9 April 2004], Lukodi[ 19th  may 2004] and Abok [8th June 2004]

Source – ChimpReports

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