THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The International Criminal Court has ordered a senior Ugandan commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia to stand trial on 70 charges including murder, rape, torture and using child soldiers.
Dominic Ongwen is the only member of Kony's murderous Lord's Resistance army in the court's custody. Kony remains free despite years of efforts in northern Uganda and neighboring countries to track down and capture him.
Judges said Wednesday that evidence gathered by prosecutors is strong enough to merit a trial. They based the decision on written and oral statements of 130 witnesses and intercepted radio communications.
The crimes allegedly happened before, during and after attacks on camps for internally displaced people in northern Uganda in 2003-2004.
No trial date was immediately set. Ongwen hasn't entered pleas to the charges.