ICC prosecutor wants to prosecute Ugandan fugitive Joseph Kony
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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court wants to organize hearings “in absentia” against Joseph Kony. For more than 17 years, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been the subject of an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in northern Uganda in 2003 and 2004. But Joseph Kony remains at large. , despite a lengthy manhunt that has involved several countries, including the United States.
With our correspondent in The Hague, Stephanie Maupas
“ He is the ICC’s most wanted fugitive. “said the prosecutor. In a request to the judges, Karim Khan calls for impeachment hearings to be arranged in the absence of Joseph Kony.
After several years, the LRA leader remains out of reach. The prosecutor hopes that such hearings will allow to bring a principle of justice, because in general, the witnesses are heard there by the judges. The prosecution also sees it as an opportunity to judicially record evidence gathered since the issuance of the warrant for Kony’s arrest in 2005.
Therefore, it is not a trial and the judges will not pronounce a verdict. But they will have three months to confirm, or not, the 33 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. If they give the green light, the prosecutor intends to campaign in several African countries to inform Joseph Kony of the upcoming hearings.
These hearings could also revive the hunt for the famous fugitive. Joseph Kony has left few signs of life in recent years. He would have circulated for a long time. between Sudan and the Central African Republic.
In total, the Court counts at least eight fugitives, including the Libyan Saif Al Islam Gaddafitwo Russian officers indicted for the 2008 blitzkrieg in Georgia and the former president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir.