Ongwen trial to begin today

The trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army rebel commander Dominic Ongwen opens today at the International Criminal Court.

Ongwen is to appear before a panel of three ICC judges led by Bertram Schmitt.

He faces 70 counts which include crimes against humanity, murder, rape, attempted murder, sexual slavery, torture, cruel treatment, destruction of property, as well as abduction and use of children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities in northern Uganda.

Yesterday the International Criminal Court Registrar Herman Von Hebel gave assurance on witness protection while addressing journalists in Kampala.

He said they have over 4000 victims to participate in the proceedings as witnesses.