ICC issues arrest warrants for Ugandan cult leaders

[JURIST] The UN Special Representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo William Swing [official profile] said in a press conference [press release] Thursday that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] has issued arrest warrants for five leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army [Wikipedia backgrounder], a Ugandan cult infamous for its cruel treatment of children. The group is believed to have forced more than 10,000 children to take up arms, work as laborers or become sex slaves. The arrest warrants are the first in the history of the three-year old ICC, who has been investigating the situation in the Congo since June 2004 [press release]. Swing did not reveal the leaders' names, and the ICC has yet to formally announce the warrants, which, if sealed, will not be announced until arrests are made. Reuters has more.

 

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