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ICC verdict due on ex-LRA commander Dominic Ongwen

Al Jazeera, 04 Feb 2021
The International Criminal Court is set to deliver its verdict in the case of former militia leader from Uganda, Dominic Ongwen.
Ongwen is charged with 70 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. He says he was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army when he was a 10-year-old child going to school in this village of Corom, Uganda.
He also argues he did not know any better because of his upbringing in the group and his devotion to its leader, Joseph Kony.
The war between LRA rebels and the government began in 1987 but has shifted into parts of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.
Kony formed the group to overthrow President Yoweri Museveni in Uganda and to create a state based on his interpretation of the biblical 10 commandments.
Ongwen's lawyers say he should not be punished for acts he committed under duress.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports.

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