Friday, January 30, 2004

Uganda: LRA is ICC's first investigation

The International Criminal Court announced yesterday that the court's first investigation would target the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

From the ICC's press release ...
The Prosecutor will work with Ugandan authorities, other states and international organisations in gathering the necessary information to make this determination [that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation].
So ... once they determine there is reasonable basis for an investigation, they can then investigate. Then the prosecutor can seek an arrest warrant.

And considering that the government of Uganda has announced its intention not to extend the amnesty to the LRA's leadership, there will be people for the ICC to arrest and put on trial.

Back in September, it had seemed that the situation in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo would be the first case tackled by the ICC. However, the government in Kinshasa didn't officially refer the case to the Court which meant that the prosecutor couldn't pursue it.

In Uganda's case, President Museveni has asked the ICC to investigate the LRA.