Uganda Rebel Commander’s Appeal Dismissed To Stay In Prison 25 Years
The International Criminal Court of Appeal, ICC, has rejected the appeal of the former commander of the Lords Resistance Army LRA rebel group, Ugandan Dominic Ongwen, and upheld the 25 years in prison.
Ong’wen was sentenced after being found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The sentence was handed down almost two years ago after Ongwen was found guilty of 61 charges against him, including murder, defilement, forced marriages and enlisting children as fighters, between 2002 and 2005.
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His lawyers had presented 90 points in the appeal, that there were legal, strategic and factual errors during the hearing and decision of the case against him.
A panel of five judges led by Judge Luz del Carmen Ibanez Carranza, said that the appeals court rejected the appeal and approved the 25-year sentence given against Dominic Ongwen.
The LRA rebel group is led by Joseph Kony, who is one of the most wanted leaders of rebel groups around the world.