ICC hands Ugandan LRA commander Ongwen 25 year jail term
10 May 2021 | 6:41 am
The international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment.
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