Gulu, Amuru Residents Welcome Court Ruling on Kwoyelo

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The constitutional court ruling declaring that Thomas Kwoyelo, the former LRA commander should be set free has received a warm response in areas of Gulu and Amuru districts where he is alleged to have committed war crimes.

The constitutional court ruling declaring that Thomas Kwoyelo, the former LRA commander should be set free has received a warm response in areas of Gulu and Amuru districts where he is alleged to have committed war crimes.
 
Court on Thursday ruled that Kwoyelo’s trial in the International Crimes Division of the high court should be stopped arguing that the war crimes suspect is entitled to amnesty.
 
Many people in Gulu and Amuru districts, the areas where LRA rebels operated said they are aware Kwoyelo was not individually responsible for the crimes he is accused of.
 
David Ngole, the LC3 chairman of Palaro Sub County said he is excited about the ruling. He says Kwoyelo, like most people in northern Uganda is a victim of the LRA insurgency. Ngole explains that Kwoyelo was also abducted and conscripted into the rebel ranks where he operated according to orders.
 
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Bosco Opiro, a boda boda motorist said he too finds no fault with Kwoyelo adding that he should be set free. He says that he knew from the start that Kwoyelo would be found innocent.
 
At the opening of his trial before the International Crimes Division court in Gulu recently, Kwoyelo’s mother, Rojolina Oyeka and his relatives maintained that their son was innocent and pleaded that court should set him free.
 
So far, there have been no angry reactions to the court ruling, which appears to have met an expectation many people have had from the time he was captured and arraigned for war crimes
 
Tadeo Assime, the registrar of the International Crimes Court could not be reached for a comment but it is expected that Kwoyelo will be produced before the court in Gulu at a date to be specified when he would also be set free by the court.
 
Kwoyelo has been the first and so far only suspect the court has had. Other top LRA commanders including their leader, Joseph Kony are still at large as their arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court stand.