Former Ugandan Child Soldier Dominic Ongwen Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for War Crimes

Dominic Ongwen was abducted as a child and groomed by Ugandan rebels (COPYRIGHT: REUTERS)

A former Ugandan child solider who became a commander in a notorious rebel group has been jailed for war crimes.

Dominic Ongwen, now 45, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes including murder, rape and torture.

He is the first former Ugandan child solider to be convicted and sentenced by the International Criminal Court.

Ongwen was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group when he was nine years old and eventually became a feared commander.

He was convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in February on 61 of 70 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The crimes relate to attacks on four camps for internally displaced people in Uganda in 2004. More than 4,000 victims provided testimony in the case, which was heard in The Hague.

Ongwen was found guilty of sexual slavery, forced marriage and the rape of seven women who were abducted and placed into his household. These charges were in addition to murder, attempted murder and torture.

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