State lines up 113 witnesses for Kwoyelo trial


The trial of former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] Thomas Kwoyelo will start in May in Gulu High Court.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has meanwhile prepared up to 113 witnesses ahead of the trial.

Charles Kamuli, a representative of the DPP in Monday’s pre-trial hearing told justice Lydia Mugambe that the witnesses will be protected under the available witness protection mechanisms.

This also includes the use of pseudonyms, masking witnesses and testifying in judge’s chambers where needed.

Four prosecutors starting May 2, 2016 will prosecute the matter.

Pieces of evidence available include video tapes showing the Barlonyo massacre, photos of exhumation, more police statements medical treatment forms and detailed post-mortem reports among others.

Kwoyelo faces 12 charges relating to crimes committed during a war that ravaged northern Uganda for over two decades.

Prosecution alleges that as one of the middle level commanders in the LRA, Kwoyelo planned, commanded and executed attacks committed against civilian populations in Northern Uganda.

The listed offenses include wilful killing, extensive destruction of property, abduction murder, kidnap and robbery which he partook prior to his capture in December 2008.

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