ICC convicts Ugandan rebel commander of war crimes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has convicted a former commander in the notorious Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army of dozens of war crimes and crimes against humanity ranging from multiple murders to forced marriages. Dominic Ongwen was abducted by the shadowy militia as a 9-year-old boy and transformed into a child soldier and later promoted to a senior leadership rank. He faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment after being convicted of 61 offenses. The judgment against him issued Thursday outlined the horrors of the LRA’s attacks on camps for displaced civilians in northern Uganda in the early 2000s. Defense lawyers had argued that Ongwen was also a victim of the rebel group.