Pre-trial Session for Former LRA Commander Kwoyelo On

By Anderah Ruth

The International Crimes Division of the High Court is holding a pre-trial session in which the formal reading of charges against the Former LRA commandant Thomas Kwoyelo is taking place.

Kwoyelo who is appearing before Justice Susan Okalany is however not permitted by the rules of this court to plead to the charges at this stage.

He faces 93 counts which the prosecution from the DPP office says were committed between 1993 and 2005 during the insurgency in Northern Uganda.

Kwoyelo who was captured in 2009 from the Democratic Republic of Congo faces several counts of murder, hostage taking, kidnap with intent to murder, robbery by aggravation among others.

Prosecution States that between 1993 and 2005 in the present day Amuru district in Northern Uganda,  Kwoyelo  with others still at large being a commander of  the LRA directed an attack to murder and kidnap civilians who were taking no active part in the hostilities.

At this stage, prosecution discloses its intended evidence and exhibits against the accused which the judge examines and determines whether it’s sufficient to sustain the charges at trial.

The judge will then proceed   to confirm the charges and send the file to the trial panel of three justices.