ICC’s outreach officer for Uganda and Kenya Maria Mabinty Kamara told journalists in Nairobi on Wednesday that the five day pre-trial would see judges scrutinising charges brought up by the prosecutors against Ongwen of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Judges will confirm some of the evidence and also decide if more investigations are required
“During the pre-trial, the judges might confirm some or all the charges. If the charges are confirmed, the case will be committed for trial,” she said. “Judges will confirm some of the evidence and also decide if more investigations are required.”
Kamara said investigations on Ongwen’s case had not been closed and urged potential witnesses to come forward.
Ongwen faces three counts of crimes against humanity, enslavement, four counts of war crimes that include attacks against civilians and pillaging among other charges.
He was arrested last year in the Central African Republic (CAR) where LRA rebels fled after being pursued by a joint military force comprising South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ongwen was captured by Ugandan troops with the help of Special Forces from the United States involved in the hunt for LRA leader Jeseph Kony and his fighters. Kony is still at large.
Ongwen is one of four LRA commanders indicted by ICC over crimes against humanity.
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