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ICC CONFIRMS ALL 70 CHARGES AGAINST ONGWEN, COMMITS HIM TO TRIAL

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed all the 70 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought against alleged Commander of the Sinia Brigade of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) Dominic Ongwen.

The three panel of justices of the Pre-Trial Chamber II composed of Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser (Italy), Judge Chang-ho Chung (Republic of Korea) and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France) separately agreed that there is sufficient evidence for Ongwen to stand full trial.

According to Public Affairs Unit of the ICC, the decision confirming the charges against Mr Ongwen can be appealed only with the authorisation of Pre-Trial Chamber II.

The confirmation of the charges, arose from the week-long pre-trial for the confirmation of charges that ran from January 21-27 aimed at establishing whether there was sufficient evidence to have Mr Ongwen committed for full trial.

The court said it would give its verdict within 60 days from January 27.

According to the courts ruling, it concludes that there are substantial grounds to believe that Dominic Ongwen is responsible, pursuant to articles 25(3) (a) (direct perpetration, indirect perpetration and indirect co-perpetration), 25(3) (b) (ordering), 25(3) (d) (i) and (ii) and 28(a) (command responsibility) of the Rome Statute, for the following crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The confirmed charges concern crimes allegedly committed during attacks against the Pajule IDP (October 2003), Odek IDP (April 2004) Lukodi IDP (May 2004) and Abok IDP camps (June 2004), as well as sexual and gender-based crimes directly and indirectly committed by Mr Ongwen and crimes of conscription and use in hostilities of children under the age of 15 allegedly committed in northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005.