“ICC: Victim And Perpetrator Found Remarkably Guilty Of The Same War Crimes”

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ICC ruled on Ugandan child soldier turned LRA commander (Dominic Ongwen) and found guilty on the charges of war crimes.

Dominic Ongwen is the first ICC case to involve an alleged perpetrator and victim of the same war crimes.

On 4th Feb 2021, The International Criminal Court convicted a Ugandan child soldier-turned-Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Netherlands-based court on Thursday found Dominic Ongwen, 45, guilty of 61 charges relating to crimes including murder, widespread rape, sexual enslavement, abducting children, torture and pillaging carried out in the early 2000s.

In a legal first, Ongwen, who was abducted by the LRA as a child, was also convicted by the tribunal in The Hague for the crime of forced pregnancy for atrocities committed against seven women.

Judges at the court said Ongwen had acted out of free will in committing the offenses between 2002 and 2005.

“There exists no ground excluding Dominic Ongwen’s criminal responsibility. His guilt has been established beyond any reasonable doubt,” presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said as he read out the verdict.

Ongwen could now be imprisoned for life, though judges will address his sentencing at a later date.

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SOURCE: ALJAZEERA

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