Ugandan LRA rebel chief headed to The Hague: ICC

20th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

A commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army who surrendered last week is on his way to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, a spokesman for the court said Tuesday.

Dominic Ongwen is one of the main leaders of the Uganda rebels who are accused of killing more than 100,000 people since 1986. He gave himself up to US special forces in the Central African Republic last week.

"His flight took off around 1700 GMT and he should arrive tomorrow morning," Fadi El Abdallah told AFP.

The ICC said in a statement that Ongwen was "accompanied by an ICC delegation".

He was handed over to authorities in the Central African Republic on Saturday for transfer to the ICC.

His surrender dealt a major blow to the LRA's three-decade-long campaign across several central African nations. He has been sought by the ICC for almost a decade to face charges that also include murder, enslavement, inhumane acts and directing attacks against civilians.

© 2015 AFP

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