A Defense witness who testified via video link on Tuesday told the International Criminal Court that LRA Commander Joseph Kony had ordered for the arrest and killing of Dominic Ongwen.
Defense lawyer Thomas Obhof questioned Witness D-118 about the time she spent at the sick bay in the LRA camp just before she escaped.
The witness told court that at one point, she overheard “some of the boys” who were guarding the sick bay witness saying that Ongwen was at the same sick bay.
“What I heard is that Odomi was being sought after because there were orders that he should be captured and killed. I did not ask for more clarification because if I were to ask and somebody else hears we would all be in trouble,” said Witness D-118.
Odomi is one of the names Ongwen he was known by in the LRA.
Ongwen is defending himself against 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that he is alleged to have committed in northern Uganda between July 2002 and December 2005. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Part of the testimony of Witness D-118 was closed to the public to protect her privacy or protect her identity. This was one of the in-court protective measures she was given. Other measures included her voice and face being distorted in the public broadcasts of the hearing.