Monday September 24 2018

LRA’s Kwoyelo trial starts today

A file photo of Thomas

A file photo of Thomas Kwoyelo (centre) at the Gulu High Court 

By Monitor reporter

The trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander, Thomas Kwoyelo starts Monday at Gulu High court.

The marathon trial is expected to run non-stop for the first two weeks.

He will appear before a panel of three judges of the International Crimes Division to answer 93 charges related to rape, kidnap, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment among others.

The panel comprises Justices Jane Persis Kiggundu, Michael Elubu and Duncan Gaswaga.

Court will mostly rely on eye witness counts, police and post-mortem reports.
UPDF soldiers captured Kwoyelo in the forests of Central African Republic in 2008 and he has since been on remand at Luzira Prison.

He is the first LRA rebel suspect to be tried before a domestic court with regard to the conflict in northern Uganda between the Lord Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda.