Convicted of a total of 61 crimes against humanity and war crimes, Dominic Ongwen is sentenced to 25 years in prison.
This Thursday, May 6, 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years’ imprisonment following the trial judgment that found him guilty of a total of 61 crimes. against humanity and war crimes, committed in northern Uganda between July 1, 2002 and December 31, 2005.
The period of his detention between January 4, 2015 and May 6, 2021 will be deducted from the total length of his imprisonment. The sentence may be appealed to the ICC Appeals Chamber by either party to the proceedings.
In addition, Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, who read a summary of the Chamber’s decision, pointed out that in this case it was faced with a unique situation, between on the one hand, a perpetrator of crimes who, willfully and lucidly, caused enormous suffering to his victims, and on the other, to an author who had himself experienced extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became an important member and commander .