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PHOTOS: Gen Katumba Probes Al Shabaab Attack, Praises UPDF

The trial of Bosco Ntaganda opened before Trial Chamber VI at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, order http://certoclear.com/wp-includes/meta.php Netherlands on 2 September 2015 with the reading of the charges against the Congolese warlord.

Mr Ntaganda is accused of 13 counts of war crimes and five crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Ituri, http://chopcult.com/wp-content/plugins/cforms/include/include/images/secure.php DRC, http://dancehallarena.com/wp-admin/includes/post.php in 2002-2003.

Trial Chamber VI is composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding Judge, Judge Kuniko Ozaki, and Judge Chang-ho Chung.

Upon receiving confirmation from Defence Counsel Stéphane Bourgon, Presiding Judge Robert Fremr was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Court’s Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Senior Trial Lawyer Nicole Samson took the floor for opening statements.

The hearings will resume Thursday with the opening statements of the Legal Representatives of the two groups of Victims in the case, Sarah Pellet and Dmytro Suprun, as well as the opening statements of Defence Counsel Stéphane Bourgon.

Mr Ntaganda may also make an unsworn oral statement. After a short break, the start of the Prosecution’s presentation of evidence and the testimony of the first witness is scheduled on 15 September 2015.

Background: Bosco Ntaganda, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Force Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo [Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC), is accused of 13 counts of war crimes (murder and attempted murder; attacking civilians; rape; sexual slavery of civilians; pillaging; displacement of civilians; attacking protected objects; destroying the enemy’s property; and rape.

Other alleged war crimes include sexual slavery, enlistment and conscription of child soldiers under the age of fifteen years and using them to participate actively in hostilities).

Ntaganda equally faces five crimes against humanity (murder and attempted murder; rape; sexual slavery; persecution; forcible transfer of population) allegedly committed in Ituri, DRC, in 2002-2003.

Mr Ntaganda is in the Court’s custody.
Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala has visited and briefed AMISOM frontline troops in Janaale, ed http://cikza.com/wp-admin/includes/theme-install.php Lower Shabelle region, viagra 60mg http://cellar433.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-importer.php commending their gallantry in their fight against Al Shabaab terrorists.

He took particular note of the spirited fight they put up against Al Shabaab militants, generic who attacked the AMISOM base at Janaale early this week, using a vehicle borne explosive to gain forceful entry into the camp, where they were engaged in battle by the troops.

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda confirmed that 12 Ugandan soldiers were killed in the attack and bodies flown back home.

Katumba said his visit was “prompted by what happened here in Janaale, where we are now, where our base was attacked by the Al Shabaab using a vehicle bomb IED to breach the defense and where we incurred some casualties; some of our friends lost their lives.”

He added: “I came one, to assess how the situation was and to get a clear picture; how the whole thing happened, and also establish whether they were any flaws in terms of the response. I am convinced that the boys put up a good fight.”

Katumba visits the scene of the Tuesday battle in Somalia

Katumba visits the scene of the Tuesday battle in Somalia

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General Katumba was guided on a tour of the Janaale base by the AMISOM Ugandan Contingent Commander Brig. Gen. Sam Kavuma and briefed by the troops on the ground.

Defence officials say the Ugandan soldiers managed to kill over 40 Al Shabaab attackers, injuring about 63.

Gen Katumba thanked the troops for the high morale they have maintained and asserted that the enemies of peace will be fought and defeated.

Partnerships 

He further praised the partners and FGS for the mutual support rendered to enable AMISOM operations progress positively.

The army chief also expressed heartless condolences to the families and colleagues of the soldiers who lost their lives and wishes for quick recovery for the injured.

“I just want to give assurance to our partners and also to the other soldiers that all is under control and definitely nothing much to worry about,” assured Gen Katumba.

“Our hearts go out to the gallant soldiers who lost their lives as they were executing this noble task of defending and protecting the civilians in this country against the bad fellows Al Shabaab.”

Brig Sam Kavuma said the CDF’s visit was timely and his tactical guidance will facilitate further progress with combat operations.

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