BANGUI (Reuters) – Captured Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen was flown to the capital of Central African Republic on Friday and handed over to representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the country’s state prosecutor said.
Ongwen, a former child soldier who faces charges of crimes against humanity, will be flown to the ICC headquarters in The Hague on Saturday, prosecutor Ghislain Grezengue said.
“Dominic Ongwen has been transferred to Bangui,” Grezengue told Reuters.
“I came back from Obo (in the east of the country) where we went to get him from. We have already handed him over to ICC representatives, who will take him to the court tomorrow.” The LRA rose up against the government in northern Uganda under the leadership of Joseph Kony in the late 1980s.
Having earned a reputation for carrying out massacres and mutilating victims, the LRA left Uganda about a decade ago and has roamed across parts of Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and CAR since then, eluding efforts to defeat them.
US forces helping African nations track the LRA said this week they detained a man claiming to be Ongwen. Seleka rebels in Central African Republic say they captured him and are demanding that Washington pay them a bounty of up to $5 million.