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Ugandan LRA Commander sentenced to 25 years in Prison over war Crimes
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Ugandan LRA Commander sentenced to 25 years in Prison over war Crimes

Former Ugandan child soldier, Dominic Ongwen who became one of the top commanders of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Ongwen was sentenced to 25 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda after being found guilty of 61 charges including murders, rapes and sexual enslavement during a reign of terror in the early 2000s by the LRA, led by the fugitive Joseph Kony. ICC Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt, who passed the judgement on Thursday May 6 said judges had to weigh Ongwen’s brutality with his own tortured past as a schoolboy abducted by the LRA when deciding on a sentence. Schmitt said Dominic Ongwen's own abduction as a schoolboy and tortured past prevented him from being handed a life sentence. He sa...

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