Uganda – Dominic Ongwen, a former Ugandan warlord, will be heard by the International Criminal Court’s appeal chamber on Monday. The Ogwen case will be heard by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will consider the defense’s appeals against the judgement and sentence.
In May 2021, Dominic Ongwen was found guilty. He was the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerilla group (LRA). For murder, rape, and sexual enslavement, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Almost all of Ongwen’s lawyers have filed 90 grounds of appeal against the decision and about 10 against the sentence. They say the court made “legal, factual, and procedural errors.”
The appeal against the conviction was “the largest ever considered by the chamber,” according to the ICC. When asked about his problematic past, Dominic Ongwen maintained his innocence. He was kidnapped and brutalized as a child by the Lord’s Resistance Army group. The LRA was created by Joseph Kony, a self-styled prophet who launched a dealdy rebellion against President Museveni in northern Uganda.
Thousands of people were slaughtered during the LRA’s two-decade struggle with the state. Last year, when Dominic Ongwen was sentenced in Uganda, there were conflicting reactions. From February 14 to February 18, his hearing will be held virtually.