Dominic Ongwen ,the former Ugandan rebel commader has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court.
Ongwen, 45, was found guilty of 61 charges including murder,rape, sexual enslavement during a reign of terror in early 2000s by the Lord’s Resistance Army which was led by Joseph Konny.
Ongwen was abducted by the group when he was nine and forced into life of violence. At the same time, the judges found, he knowingly committed a vast range of heinous crimes as an adult, many of them against defenceless children and women who had been forced into slavery.
He was “a perpetrator who wilfully brought tremendous suffering upon his victims, however, also a perpetrator who himself has previously endured extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became a prominent member and leader,” Judge Schmitt said.
Prosecutors had demanded that he gets at least 20 years in prison, while his defence argued he should get no more than a 10-yearsentence because he was traumatised as a child