Kwoyelo Trial Opening, 11 July 2011

Finally, after several months of delays and postponements, the long awaited trial of Col. Thomas Kwoyelo kicked off in the International Crimes Division (ICD), which held its first landmark session in the High Court of Gulu. The much anticipated trial attracted visitors from all over the globe, in addition to many of the local nationals who flocked the High Court and crammed it to capacity. In attendance were civil society organizations, members of the district local government, the media, victims and the public at large. The trial started with an inspection of the guard of honour by Hon. Justice Akiiki Kiiza, the head of the ICD. Other Judges in attendance were Hon. Justice Elizabeth Ibanda Nahamya, Hon. Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo, in addition to the Principal Judge Hon. Justice Yorokamu Bamwine. The prosecution team was led by state attorney Joan Kagezi and backed by Mr. George William Byansi and Mr. Anguzu Lino. The defence was led by Mr. Alaka Caleb, and his colleague Mr. Onyango John Francis.