De-Redacted Warrant Shows Ongwen's Criminal Count Charges

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A de-redacted arrest warrant leaked from the ICC has revealed that the crimes Ongwen is under trial for were committed when he led an attack onto the Lukodi IDP camp in Gulu on the night of 20th May 2004.

An unredacted arrest warrant of Dominic Ongwen has pulled back the cloak on the charges he faces at the International Criminal Court and where they were committed.
 
At the time of trial, Dominic Ongwen, a Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebel commander, was being charged of war crimes and crimes against humanity that he committed while commanding the Sinia brigade of the LRA in Northern Uganda in 2002. It was however not yet known where the crimes were committed and on what dates.
 
A de-redacted arrest warrant leaked from the ICC has revealed that the crimes Ongwen is under trial for were committed when he led an attack onto the Lukodi IDP camp in Gulu on the night of 20th May 2004. Ongwen, commanding the Sinia brigade is said to have  attacked the Lukodi IDP  camp and killed 41 civilians and abducted another six people.
 
The attack has earned Dominic Ongwen 7 different counts of charges at the International criminal court.
 
The counts in the unredacted warrant are all traceable to the attack on Lukodi IDP camp on the night of 20th May 2014. The warrant reads that radio communication of the LRA intercepted by the UPDF signals the LRA Commander Joseph Kony giving commands to Ongwen to attack UPDF installments and IDP camps in the Teso region, commands that Ongwen allegedly executed.
 
In count 27, Ongwen is accused of master minding the killing of 40 civilians on the night of 20th May 2004 when he led forces of the Sinia brigade to attack Lukodi IDP camp. The attack which was carried out at night resulted in the torching of 210 civilian houses in the camp and the death of 40 civilians.
 
The other count against him is the infliction of serious bodily injury on 13 civilians in the same camp on the same night of the attack. He is also charged with pillaging of the Lukodi IDP camp following the attack.
 
Ongwen will also be battling another charge of enslavement of 6 civilians whom he allegedly captured with the use of force during the Lukodi camp attacks. In total, Ongwen will answer to seven counts all of them committed during the raid on the Lukodi IDP camp in Gulu during the 20th of May 2004.
 
Dominic Ongwen, a commander of the Lord's Resistance army handed himself over to Seleka rebels last month ending a 24 year period in the bush. Ongwen, himself an abductee of LRA, went on to raise through the ranks of the LRA to become a brigadier at the age of 20. During the peak of his rebel career, Kony had focused the LRA on attacking IDP settlements and disenfranchising the UPDF soldiers in the area. It follows from this that Ongwen, a feared rebel, attacked the Lukodi camp that was being protected by UPDF soldiers of the 11th Battalion in Gulu

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.