Former LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen, who was captured last week, will now be tried in the International Criminal Court [ICC]
This was announced today by Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] spokesperson Col Paddy Ankunda.
The development undoes earlier assertions that government was planning to arraign the former rebel before local tribunals.
Further claims that President Yoweri Museveni was arranging amnesty for the rebel leader are also being overturned by the latest development.
“Finally it has been decided. Dominic Ongwen will be tried at the ICC in the Hague,” confirmed Ankunda in a tweet.
The news might also faintly please Ongwen who was reportedly opposed to being brought back to Kampala.
International media reports indicated that on his arrest in the Central African Republic [CAR], Ogwen requested his captors not to hand him to the UPDF officials.
According to the Army spokesperson, Ongwen will be arraigned to the International Tribunal by the CAR authorities and not Uganda.
Dominic Ongwen, allegedly the second in command of LRA leader Joseph Kony, was taken into US custody on Wednesday last week.
Abducted as a small child by the LRA northern Uganda, Ongwen had grown to command the rebel group’s Sinia Brigade, which has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities committed by the LRA.