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Fmr. LRA commander Kwoyelo has a case – Court

(Last Updated On: 19 December 2023)

 

Gulu | The High Court’s International Crimes Division in Gulu on Monday ruled that the former Lord’s Resistance Army Commander (LRA) Thomas Kwoyelo has a case to answer.

The former LRA boss is facing 78 cases.

Appearing before a panel of four Judges, Justice Michael Elubu (Head), Justice Stephen Mubiru, Justice Duncan Gaswaga and Justice Andrew Bashaija, Kwoyelo is facing trial on a number of offences including violations against the Geneva Convention under the Geneva Convention Act.

The Public Relations Officer in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Jackline Okwi said it’s the first time the Office of DPP is charging someone with such international crime.

“The prosecution was able was able to adduce substantial evidence to prove to the required standards of 78 charges,” Okwi said.

The International Crimes Division of the High Court ruled that 78 charges out of 93 had sufficient evidence and therefore put Kwoyelo on his defence.

Kwoyelo was captured by Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces in the Garamba forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2005.

He was initially charged with at least 93 offences including charges against humanity like; rape, torture, murder, abduction, and aggravated robbery, among others.

Also read: Thomas Kwoyelo denies all 93 criminal charges, Court Adjourns to 2019

The Court was adjourned to January 18, 2024, for mention.

Kwoyelo’s former senior commander, Gen Joseph Kony remains wanted. He, according to multiple sources, lives in the Central African Republic.

 

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