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>> 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.>>
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> It's the LRA who abducted people in Northern Uganda. The LRA who killed people and committed atrocities.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.