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Former LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen is ready to charm 25-year sentence At ICC

The International tribunal (ICC) on could six sentenced former kid soldier Dominic Ongwen to twenty five years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in northern African country.

Ongwen, now 45, becomes the primary Ugandan and former LRA commander to be tried, guilty and sentenced by The Hague-based Court.

He was guilty of sixty one crimes on Gregorian calendar month four, as well as murder, rape, torture and compelled wedding, committed in northern Ugandan in 2003 and 2004, that he may are given the most jail sentence of captivity.

But Presiding choose of the Court’s Trial Chamber IX Bertram Schmitt aforementioned once handing down the sentence, that the court gave weight to sure mitigating circumstances of Ongwen’s childhood his abduction by the LRA at a awfully young age and early stick with the rebel cluster.

A handout from the ICC aforementioned that the chamber conjointly declined to sentence the previous kid soldier to captivity considering his individual circumstances and so as to create by mental act a concrete prospect for him to eventually re-build his life.

Judge Bertram Schmitt and choose Péter Kovács gave the 25-year sentence whereas choose Raul Cano Pangalangan gave a judgement that might have sentenced Ongwen to a complete amount of thirty years imprisonment.

Ongwen’s lead defence attorney, Krispus Ayena Odongo, says he can charm the selections.

The court aforementioned the six years Ongwen spent in detention between Jan four, 2015 and should six, are subtracted from the overall time of imprisonment obligatory on him.

The chamber analysed one-by-one the gravity of every of the sixty one crimes that Ongwen was guilty, finding many exasperating circumstances applicable to some or perhaps most crimes, the Court aforementioned.

Aggravating circumstances enclosed specific cruelty, multiplicity of victims, the victims being notably defenseless, and discrimination on political grounds and discrimination against ladies, a handout from the ICC aforementioned.

The chamber obligatory individual sentences for every crime, taking the condition of Ongwen’s childhood and abduction by the LRA into due account.

The handout aforementioned the very best individual sentences were of twenty years, whereas different sentences pronounced for individual crimes were of fourteen or eight years of imprisonment.

In 2005, the ICC indicted and issued warrants of arrest to 5 LRA commanders, as well as the rebel group’s leader Joseph Kony, 3 years when {uganda|Uganda|Republic of African country|African country|African nation} government referred “the northern Uganda situation” – the primary case observed 's Gravenhage based mostly court.

The Court says that it's confirmed, using DNA, that 2 ex-LRA commanders Raska Lukwiya and Okot Odhiambo ar dead whereas Kony and his deputy Vincent Otti stay at giant, though reports say the latter was reportedly killed on Kony’s orders in October 2007.

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