>> Mr. Ongwen, please rise.>> A former child soldier, himself abducted by Joseph Kony's Lord Resistance Army in Uganda. On Tuesday pleading not guilty to 70 war crimes charges.>>
> It's the LRA who abducted people in Northern Uganda. The LRA who killed people and committed atrocities.
I'm one of the people against whom LRA committed atrocities. But it's not me, Dominic Ongwen personally, who's the LRA.>> Reuters Thomas Escritt is at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.>> Dominic Ongwen faces 70 charges relating to attacks on refugee camps in Northern Uganda between 2002 and 2005.
Which he committed when he was allegedly a senior commander in the Lord's Resistance Army, rebel group of Joseph Kony. He is accused of a range of crimes including murder and rape and the recruitment and enlistment of child soldiers.>> The case is the first at the ICC to focus primarily on questions about forced marriages and forced pregnancies.
Judges earlier rejecting a last minute request to postpone the trial.>> The request to order psychiatric and all psychological examination to ensure that Mr. Ongwen understands the nature of the charges is equally rejected.>> Harrowing details emerging of the alleged crimes.>> Accounts of very young children being raped by Dominic Ongwen and his associates and of children, very young children, being forced to train with AK-47s.
But they were so small, according to some of the testimony read out by prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, that the muzzles of their rifles dragged along the ground behind them.>> The trial expected to run for months, if not years.