Alleged perpetrator of Uganda war crimes transferred to ICC

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Fatou Bensouda. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A high ranking commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

The move has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda.

An arrest warrant for Dominic Ongwen had been issued in 2005 for war crimes allegedly committed in Uganda.

He surrendered on 6 January in the Central African Republic.

Ms Bensouda said Commander Ongwen’s transfer brings the LRA’s reign of terror in the African Great Lakes region one step closer.

” For more than a quarter of a century, the LRA under Joseph Kony and his high command, that includes Ongwen, have terrorised the people of Northern Uganda and neighbouring countries. The LRA has reportedly killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of people.” (0'19")

The Prosecutor of the UN-backed court added the LRA has committed unimaginable crimes against humanity and war crimes.

She said Dominic Ongwen's transfer to the ICC sends a firm message that the Office of the Prosecutor will not stop until perpetrators are prosecuted and face justice for what she called "their heinous crimes".

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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