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Uganda to Cooperate in ICC Case Against Former Rebel Commander

Uganda plans to fully assist and provide requested witnesses in the International Criminal Court’s case involving a senior commander of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, Foreign Ministry spokesman Fred Opolot said.

Dominic Ongwen, who was a recruited by the LRA in Uganda as a child soldier and rose the ranks to the group’s top leadership, made his first appearance at The Hague-based ICC this week after surrendering in the Central African Republic. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has previously criticized the ICC for unfairly targeting Africans, said on Jan. 13 that Ongwen doesn’t qualify for an amnesty because his attacks targeted innocent civilians and not the state itself. The country has pardoned thousands of former LRA rebels under a 2000 amnesty law, according to Amnesty International.