Former Lord’s Resistance Army Commander Dominic Ongwen is set to make his first appearance before the International Criminal Court [ICC] today Monday January, 26.
Ongwen who was captured a few weeks back by the US forces in the Central African Republic will appear before a single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC, Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, at 14:00 (4PM Uganda time).
Ongwen was transferred to the ICC on 20 January 2015, having been surrendered to the International tribunal by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces.
The ICC issued an arrest warrant on 8 July 2005 for Ongwen, an alleged Brigade Commander of the Sinia Brigade of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA); for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
In the maiden court session, the single Judge will verify the identity of the suspect and the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings.
The former Joseph Kony’s second in command, will also be informed of the charges against him.
Ongwen is expected to answer to three counts of crimes against humanity (murder; enslavement; inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering) and four counts of war crimes (murder; cruel treatment of civilians; intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population; pillaging) allegedly committed in 2004 within the context of the situation in Uganda.