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article imageUS govt offers $5 million bounty for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 3, 2013 in World
The Obama administration Wednesday offered up to $5 million in rewards for information leading to the "arrest, transfer or conviction" of the Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, his top aides and a Rwandan rebel leader accused of war crimes.
Reuters reports that the State Department said Kony and two of his aides, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, were cited under the department's War Crimes Rewards Program.
The newly expanded program allows the US State Department to offer rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of war crimes suspects wanted by the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals. The program had previously allowed for rewards for information leading to arrest only of war crimes suspects wanted by the international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia.
According to the Associated Press (AP), the expanded program was established by a provision in the War Crimes Rewards Program authored by Secretary of State John Kerry when he was Senator. The provision was signed into law by President Obama in January.
The Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, is accused of atrocities and crimes against humanity committed in northern Uganda during its guerrilla campaign for power in the 1980s. He and his group, now reduced to a few hundred fighters, were expelled from Uganda in 2005 and declared wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.
They are believed to be hiding in the jungle straddling the borders of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. An international manhunt for Kony led by African troops was suspended recently after a new government which that took over in the Central African Republic last month refused to cooperate.
Beside Kony and his lieutenants, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, others named include leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Sylvestre Mudacumura.
The State Department listed nine other fugitives from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Felicien Kabuga, Protais Mpiranya, Augustin Bizimana, Fulgence Kayishema, Pheneas Munyarugarama, Aloys Ndimbati, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, Charles Ryandikayo, and Charles Sikubwabo.
The international Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established by the U.N. Security Council to prosecute war crimes suspects in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
The Rwandan Genocide involved the murder of about 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus by extremist Hutus.
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