His lead lawyer, Crispus Ayena Odongo describes the former warlord as a fast learner, saying he has used his time in custody to learn English and is now pursuing music. According to Ayena, Ogwen can now comfortably communicate with his defense team in English without any interpreter, which shows his learning capacity.
The judge will meet thousands of LRA victims now receiving assistance from the Trust Fund For Victims.The fund which is an independent arm of the International Criminal Court offers interim support to victims whose issues can not wait until reparations are ordered by court.
Through their legal representatives, victims are accorded participation right to consult the record of the files, right to be notified of documents filed, general right to attend and participate in case hearings, make written submissions or observations and question witnesses. Trial Chambers might grant additional rights.
ICC says Ntaganda will appear before the pre-trial Chamber II to verify his identity and identify the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings. The 40 year old former army officer-turned rebel faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to his role in the conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.