Former LRA warlord denies war crimes in landmark trial

Former child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen pictured at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on December 6, 2016Child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen denied 70 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Tuesday when he became the first member of Uganda’s brutal Lord’s Resistance Army to ever go on trial. Ongwen, 41, is also the first former child soldier to be tried by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for his role in the notorious rebel group led by the elusive Joseph Kony. “In the name of God, I deny all these charges in respect to the war in northern Uganda,” Ongwen said, when he was asked to plead after all 70 charges containing a litany of horrific crimes were read out to him.

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