Kwoyelo trial begins

The Constitutional Court has today begun hearing of the case by former LRA Commander Thomas Kwoyelo, who is challenging his trial before the International War Crimes Court.

Kwoyelo faces 53 counts of willful killing, hostage taking, destruction of property and causing injury.

His lawyers are however challenging the trial which they say is illegal since he applied for amnesty.

The lawyers who include Caleb Alaka and John Francis Onyango are accusing the government of discrimination against Kwoyelo by denying him amnesty.

Kwoyelo says 26,000 people have been granted amnesty and says denying him the same is not fair.

He also singles out some former LRA commanders who have been granted amnesty in similar circumstances and questions why his application was rejected.

The state however says Kwoyelo only applied for amnesty after the said charges were preferred against him.

The State prosecutors say they will present evidence proving that the former army commander only applied for amnesty after the January 2010 charges were slapped on him.

The case is before a panel of five charges led by Justice Amos Twinomujuni.

Story by Ruth Anderah