Amuru legislators to visit Ongwen at The Hague

Tuesday June 2 2015

By JAMES OWICH

Gulu. Legislators from Amuru District are planning to visit former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel commander Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands.
Mr Ongwen, who was among the top five LRA commanders, was indicted by the ICC in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He surrendered early this year in the Central African Republic and was handed to the ICC to face trial on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Kilak County MP Gilbert Olanya in an interview with Daily Monitor last Thursday said he will travel to The Hague with Amuru Woman MP Lucy Akello and Mr Ongwen’s relatives to visit the former rebel leader.

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“I want to visit The Hague with some of Ongwen’s relatives and we have already begun working on the travel documents. We expect to travel to Europe in late June or early July, and our major plans are to offer the former LRA commander moral and spiritual support,” said Olanya.
Ms Maria Kamara Mabinty, the ICC Field Outreach Coordinator for Uganda and Kenya, says religious and cultural leaders, family members, politicians and Ugandan dignitaries are free to visit Mr Ongwen.
She said ICC will not finance the travel except for the witnesses identified by the ICC.
Recently, Ongwen’s paternal grandmother, Ms Anna Angeyo, 87, a resident of Coo-rom village, Lamogi Sub-County in Amuru District, asked government to facilitate her travel to The Hague

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