International Criminal Court appeals judges have rejected the enchantment through a former commander within the Ugandan riot Lord’s Resistance Army of his conviction on dozens of fees of battle crimes and crimes towards humanity.

In a landmark judgment just about two years in the past, Dominic Ongwen used to be convicted of 61 offenses that incorporated murders, rapes, pressured marriages and recruiting kid squaddies from 2002 to 2005.

He used to be sentenced to twenty-five years’ imprisonment.

His attorneys raised 90 grounds for the enchantment, alleging prison, procedural and factual mistakes in his conviction and sentence.

In the primary a part of a listening to on Thursday, the appeals judges upheld all of Ongwen’s convictions.

Ongwen sat in court docket paying attention to the ruling via a headset.

The #ICC Appeals Chamber confirms, unanimously, the conviction of Dominic #Ongwen for crimes towards humanity and battle crimes dedicated in Northern #Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005.— Int’l Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) December 15, 2022

Child soldier with LRA

Ongwen used to be himself kidnapped through the Lord’s Resistance Army as a 9-year-old boy and used to be remodeled through the defense force right into a ruthless kid soldier.

At trial, defence attorneys mentioned his abduction and indoctrination into the LRA made Ongwen a “victim and not a victim and perpetrator at the same time.”