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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.
Ongwens legal team led by Crispus Ayena and ICC staff

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Dominic Ongwen, the former commander of Sinia  brigade of the LRA  is using his time in the custody of The Hague based International Criminal Court-ICC to develop his skills, according to his defense team. Ongwen is battling 70 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes at the ICC.

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.

Ongwen's legal team was responding to questions from journalists about the state of their client in The Hague. Ayena explained that Ongwen can now play the piano perfectly and is a good cook. He explained that the former warlord also plays football and is physically fit.

Ayena argued that Ogwen missed the life of a normal Acholi boy, the development phase and that his ongoing trial at the ICC is very strange to him.

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Asked what Ongwen says in regards to his trial,  Ayena said his client wonders why as a child government failed to protect him and he is now being tried.

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