Dominic Ongwen ICC trial
People walk near a banner of former child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen before the screening of the start of his ICC (International Criminal Court) trial in Lukodi, Uganda on 6 December, 2016 ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images

The most feared commander of Ugandan rebels Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Dominic Ongwen, who plead not guilty to the 70 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity he faces at his trial at the International Criminal Court, is appearing in court today.

The rebel group has committed human rights violations against civilians for nearly three decades, abducted tens of thousands of children for use as soldiers and sexual slaves, and killed and maimed people across Uganda, the Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR).

Ongwe's trial, which started on 6 December with a reading of the charges, is the first-ever domestic or international court case involving a commander of the LRA.

This will be followed by opening statements from the prosecution and lawyers who represent over 4,000 victims. The trial will then adjourn until 16 January 2017, when the prosecution will begin to present its evidence.

The ICC opened an investigation into crimes in northern Uganda in July 2004, following a request from the Ugandan government, and a warrant for Ongwen was issued in July 2005. The former commander became the first former child soldier to be tried by the ICC for his role in the notorious rebel group led by the elusive Joseph Kony.

Viewers can catch a live broadcast of today's proceedings by clicking on the link here.

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Who is Dominic Ongwen?

Nicknamed the "White Ant" Ongwen is from northern Uganda. According to his family, he was born in 1980 and was abducted by Lord's Resistance Army fighters on his way to school in 1990, at age 10. During its history, the LRA abducted at least 30,000 children, in large part because they are easier to manipulate than adults.

Senior LRA leaders gave him military training and he eventually became known as one of the LRA's more ruthless commanders. He rose to become a senior commander of the armed group, which has earned a reputation for carrying out massacres and mutilating civilians.

On 6 January, 2015, US military advisers working with the African Union Regional Task Force for the elimination of the LRA in the Central African Republic, where some LRA groups remain operational, received Ongwen into custody. The commander was eventually transferred to the ICC.

Now 40, Ongwen is charged with 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. LRA commander Joseph Kony remains at large.