Former Lords Resistance Movement commander Dominic Ongwen is finally headed to The Hague where he is expected to several charges before the International Criminal Court.
Ongwen, was a leader in Joseph Kony commanded (LRA) rebel group that has terrorized east and central Africa for decades. He faces an array of serious charges for crimes against humanity.
He was captured last week by US troops who are supporting African Union (AU) forces in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda tells ChimpReports that the rebel commander Ongwen was yesterday January 16, handed over by UPDF to the African Union Regional Task Force in CAR, that later handed him over to CAR Government.
According to Ankunda, Col Michael Kabango of UPDF handed over Ongwen to AU RTF representative Col Mayen Garang (of SPLA), now the Acting Force Commander of RTF, who subsequently handed him over to the representative of the CAR Mr Glaisian B Kalengo.
“Ongwen was flown to Bangui for further management as he is destined to Hague. The American Charge de Affair in CAR H.E David Brown witnessed the handover,” revealed the army mouthpiece.
On arrest, Ongwen was not flown back Uganda where he was expected to among others undergo ritual cleansing as has been the case with several other captured revel leaders.
This according government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo was to avoid jeopardizing his trial at the ICC in The Hague.
Opondo reportedly said that although charges against him had to be filed in Uganda, there were fears his native country would pardon him and not hand him on to the ICC.