Al Jazeera reports a Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army commander accused of war crimes has made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court. Dominic Ongwen, a child soldier who rose through the ranks of the rebel group that abducted him, gave thanks to God as he took the stand in The Hague on Monday. Ongwen had been on the run for a decade and was among five senior LRA commanders indicted by the global court in 2005. He faces seven counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, enslavement, pillage and attacks on civilians committed during a 2004 attack on a camp for displaced persons in Uganda. Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova convened a first pre-trial hearing for August 24.