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Dominic Ongwen moved to Norway to complete his prison sentence

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, December 18, 2023/ — Dominic Ongwen received a transfer to a jail in the Kingdom of Norway on December 18, 2023, to begin serving his sentence.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has moved Ongwen, the fifth person, to a country that has declared its readiness to take inmates serving sentences.

In accordance with article 103 of the Rome Statute, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) chose Norway as the State of enforcement for Mr. Ongwen’s jail sentence on November 9, 2023.

The Presidency stated that the sentence of incarceration will be implemented in accordance with generally recognized international standards for the care of inmates and will be overseen by the Court.

The Norwegian authorities worked closely with the Dutch authorities to facilitate the transfer of Mr. Ongwen to Norway.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) expressed gratitude for Norway’s voluntary assistance in this matter in a statement. “The ICC relies on the help from States for the enforcement of its sentences.”

Context:

Trial Chamber IX found Dominic Ongwen guilty on February 4, 2021, of 61 crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Northern Uganda between July 1, 2002, and December 31, 2005. Trial Chamber IX sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in jail on May 6, 2021.

The Appeals Chamber upheld Trial Chamber IX’s rulings on Dominic Ongwen’s guilt and punishment on December 15, 2022. The verdict is in, and the punishment is in. In addition, there is still a phase that is devoted to victim compensation.

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