Thursday, 4 April 2013

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US posts $5m reward for the cappture of Warlord Kony


 A photo of Joseph Kony in November 2006.

 According to news.msn.co.nz

The United States has offered $US5 million for the capture of Lord's Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted men, and has also posted rewards for three other rebel leaders evading trial for war crimes.

The announcement on Wednesday came as Uganda and Washington said they had been forced to suspend their two-year hunt for Kony in the jungles of the Central African Republic, after rebels seized power in Bangui.

The LRA, a Ugandan rebel group, has waged a brutal insurgency, accused of mutilations and child abductions for two decades across four countries.



Kony - a self-proclaimed prophet who claims his rebels are fighting to establish a government based on the Biblical Ten Commandments - and other LRA leaders face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Kony's name was added to the US State Department's war crimes rewards program along with fellow LRA members Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, and Sylvestre Mudacumura from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

The LRA "for almost 20 years has tormented and terrorised children across Uganda, the DRC, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. It has to stop," US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

But he admitted Kony and his cronies would "not be easy to find".

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