The High Court’s International Crimes Division is finally ready to deliver its ruling in the case against former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Thomas Kwoyelo.
Kwoyelo, who has been in jail since his arrest in 2010, has been facing charges related to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The counts range from willful killing, taking hostages, and extensive destruction of property in the Amuru and Gulu districts of northern Uganda.
His trial officially started in 2018 and has been oscillating between the Kampala and Gulu High Courts, where his family members and those of his alleged victims were able to follow the proceedings.
In April this year, the government and defence lawyers concluded their submissions, in which a total of 48 witnesses took the stand.
Today, Thursday, December 17, the High Court summoned the lawyers of both parties to appear at the Gulu High Court for the reading of the final verdict.
The judgement will be delivered on Monday, December 18th at 9:00 am by a panel of judges of the High Court’s International Crimes Division.
The same court also sent out instructions to Luzira Upper Prison to deliver Kwoyelo at the court on that date.
The 53 year old upon conviction is facing 14 years to life in Prison. His lengthy detention has enlisted condemnation from international human rights defenders. The government of Uganda however, said that the trial was delayed by among other things lack of funding given its uniqueness. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at email@example.com).