Ugandan rebel leader guilty of war crimes

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Ugandan former rebel commander Dominic Ongwen has been convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, sexual enslavement, abducting children, torture and pillaging.

Judges at the International Criminal Court said Ongwen, who himself was taken by the infamous Lord's Resistance Army as a young boy, had acted out of free will in committing the crimes between 2002 and 2005.

"There exists no ground excluding Dominic Ongwen's criminal responsibility," Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said.

"His guilt has been established beyond any reasonable doubt."

In a legal first, Ongwen was also convicted for the crime of forced pregnancy.