Dominic Ongwen, a former child-soldier and Lord’s Resistance Army commander, was on Thursday convicted by the International Criminal Court for committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, AFP reported.
The 45-year-old was found guilty of, and charged for, multiples incidents related to a vicious stint of criminal activities in the early 2000s, including marking the first instance of conviction by the ICC for forced pregnancy, which Ongwen reportedly indulged in with women he took as sex slaves.
"His guilt has been established beyond any reasonable doubt,” AFP quoted presiding judge Bertrand Schmitt as saying as the latter read out the verdict in the tribunal at The Hague.
The court further stated that Ongwen coordinated attacks on four refugee camps during his time as a senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The LRA, under its head Joseph Kony, caused a raging, violent campaign to establish a state based on the Ten Commandments listed in the Bible.
Ongwen was found guilty of charges that included murder, rape, sexual slavery and recruiting child soldiers.
The argument from the defence, informing the court that Ongwen himself was a victim because of abduction by the group around the age of nine and consequently suffered psychological damage, was not accepted by the judges, who said that they did not find any evidence substantiating the claim.