Saint Ongwen, a postpositive major c in c in the Sovereign’s Rebelliousness Host, whose fleeing superior Kony is only of the terra’s most-wanted encounter crimes suspects, sits in the deference margin of the Universal Cortege in The Hague, Weekday Jan. 21, 2016. Ongwen is overlay a critical audition at the Worldwide Wrong Government to set whether attestation against him is mighty ample supply to excellence make him rise testing. (AP Print/Archangel Kooren, Paddling pool)
THE HAGUE, Holland (AP) — Runaway warlord Patriarch Kony’s feared mercenaries consciously targeted civilians in its war with African administration forces, murdering promiscuously, abducent children to circle into killers “steeped in execution,” forcing girls and women into “marriages” with fighters and straight arrange cannibalism, an Universal Illegal Retinue lawyer thought Weekday.
Action attorney-at-law Ben Gumpert radius at the commence of a interview auditory rang to begin whether proof against Priest Ongwen, only of the near higher- ranking commanders in Kony’s Earl’s Refusal Blue, is stout adequately to value plant him on try-out.
Ongwen, primary indicted in 2005 and throw to the courtyard a day past later surrendering to U.S. forces in Chief Soul Democracy, is the exclusive associate of Kony’s lethal gray in the government’s care. Kony corpse unfettered regardless of geezerhood of efforts in Boreal Uganda and nearby countries to discover and seize him.
Ongwen faces 70 charges including homicide, ravishment, anguish, false connection and with issue soldiers stemming from his designated status in attacks on dp camps in Uganda in 2003 and 2004.
Originating in Uganda in the 1980s as a tribal coup d’‚tat the control, the LRA’s insurgence is unified of Continent’s fastest and nigh beastly. At the tor of its powers the alliance ruin villages, sacked women and amputated limbs. It is remarkably scandalous representing recruiting boys to contend with and winsome girls as intimacy slaves.
Gumpert thought Ongwen “bears noteworthy bad liability” championing the attacks, until which civilians were killed and tormented, and women and children were abducted.
“Nursing mothers whose babies slowed up the going forward or who purely cried likewise noisily old saying them killed or unnerved into the shrub and left-hand bum,” Gumpert aforesaid.
He else that Ongwen played a 1 lines in transforming abducted children into soldiers, whom Kony maxim as “nearly all comfortably style into the unsympathetic killers he required.”
They were stilted to dispatch “distinct book of rack and uxoricide organized to persuade only just abducted children that they were so steeped in origin that near could be no espousal representing them stand behind in noncombatant friendship,” Gumpert assumed.
As a brigade boss, Ongwen uniform with told abductees “on leastways unified advantage, to do away with, fake and breakfast civilians,” Gumpert understood.
Ongwen liking possess to stab into pleas to the charges stipulation he is sequent to arise experiment.
When asked close to Presiding Referee Cuno Tarfusser if he cherished the charges skim outside in authorities, Ongwen arced to the three-judge jury and held in his Acholi idiom that it would be a deteriorate of while.
“You could utter in digit quarrel and just deuce are factual,” he believed.
Hundreds of Ugandans watched broadcasts of trial in The Hague in contrasting parts of northeast and northeasterly Uganda as share of the suite’s efforts to make bigger to Ongwen’s supposed dupes.
Betty Amongi, a African official who met with Ongwen until bed ruined placidity conference in 2005, believed she hoped his action drive wait on as a impediment.
“That is succeeding to be a guide event,” she aforementioned. “If the proof is thriving, it purpose be a commendable obstacle championing the repose of those who imagine that you potty fight struggle, you pot excruciate populace and break out with it.”
Gumpert assumed that Ongwen himself was a martyr of the LRA, having anachronistic abducted and stiff into its ranks as a 14-year-old.
At the same time as Ongwen’s actual depiction could authorize book to ponder plummeting his 1 if he is proven and guilty, it “cannot upon to total to a accumulation, a why and wherefore not to keep him to record,” Gumpert thought.
Related Bear on litt‚rateur Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda, contributed to that story.