The Worldwide Legal Courtroom on Thursday upheld the convictions of Dominic Ongwen, a former Ugandan youngster soldier turned commander within the infamous Lord’s Resistance Military, upholding his 25-year sentence for the rape, homicide and abduction of kids.
“The Appeals Chamber rejects all the defenses of the appeal and unanimously affirms the convictions,” mentioned the president of the decide Luz del Carmen Ibanez Carranza.
The defendant who was arrested on the ICC in 2015, was convicted and sentenced in 2021 however his attorneys appealed each choices.
Later, the judges additionally rejected all grounds of enchantment associated to the decision.
Led by fugitive strongman Joseph Kony, the LRA terrorized Ugandans for practically 20 years as they fought President Yoweri Museveni’s authorities from bases in northern Uganda and neighboring international locations. The militia has now been largely worn out.
Ongwen, now in his mid-40s, was kidnapped as a nine-year-old and compelled into a lifetime of violence after the group killed his mother and father.
The protection had argued that his horrific experiences within the LRA meant he couldn’t be held liable for his later actions.
Nevertheless, judges dominated that Ongwen was not below duress and was performing independently on the time he dedicated the crimes he was charged with.
Throughout the enchantment listening to, the protection mentioned the ICC was utilizing Ongwen as a scapegoat for the crimes of LRA chief Kony, who stays at massive regardless of being the topic of a court docket arrest warrant since 2005.
“Everything that has happened is being blamed on me,” Ongwen had mentioned throughout a listening to earlier this yr.
The ICC prosecutor lately mentioned he would search to open proceedings in opposition to Kony and step up efforts to deliver him to justice.
Prosecutors and attorneys for the greater than 4,000 victims concerned within the case have requested the decide to uphold the conviction and sentence.
The ICC was established in 2002 to strive people for genocide, struggle crimes and different main human rights violations.