Security operative identifies Kony, Ongwen voices at ICC

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KAMPALA- A Internal Security Organisation operative has identified the voices of leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Joseph Kony and those of his then commanders after audio recordings were played back to him at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a trial involving one of LRA’s former commanders Dominic Ongwen .

In his testimony as reported by International Justice Monitor on Monday, the witness, whose identity was concealed, also told court that he was able to identify the voices of Kony’s then deputy, Vincent Otti, and Ongwen who is currently facing trial and other commanders.

Core to his testimony, the witness who for purposes of identification was referred to as P-059, told the ICC that after tapping into the radio communications of the rebels, he heard them discussing what happened during some attacks that they had carried out against civilians and Ugandan military bases as well as Ugandan military attacks on them.

In his earlier testimony, the witness told court that he is a radio communication interceptor for ISO who has been secretly tapping into the radio communication for the rebels for the last 17 years.

The transcripts in question were produced by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) after receiving the audio recordings from the Ugandan government.

Ongwen is facing 70 counts in connection with the war crimes and crimes against humanity that he allegedly committed between 2003 and 2004 after attacking internally displaced camps of Pajule, Odek, Abok, and Lukodi during the two decade armed conflict in northern Uganda.

At the time of the attacks, the prosecution says Ongwen was a battalion commander and later a brigade commander in the LRA.

The other charges that Ongwen is facing include forcibly marrying seven women who were girls at the time, and committing sexual crimes against them.

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