Sudan 'harbouring warlord Kony'

2013-04-26 13:26
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Washington - Sudan appears to be providing shelter to Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted warlords, according to a report released on Friday by the Washington-based Resolve group.

Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, which is infamous for mutilating its victims and abducting children for use as fighters and sex slaves. It has waged an insurgency against the Ugandan government for over 25 years.

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

According to Friday's report, "eyewitnesses testify that elements from Sudan's military actively provided Kony and other LRA leaders with periodic safe haven in Sudanese-controlled territory from 2009 until at least February 2013".

The report, called "Hidden in Plain Sight", also included satellite images of a recently-abandoned LRA camp abandoned, where Kony was last sighted in late 2012, in Sudanese-controlled territory along the disputed border with South Sudan.

Defectors and other sources told researchers that even while Kony was in the Sudanese-controlled territories, he "continued to direct LRA attacks against civilians in neighboring countries."

"As long as Kony is able to find a safe haven in Sudan, he can avoid pursuit by Ugandan forces by simply crossing the border whenever they get close," said Michael Poffenberger, Executive Director of The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative and one of the report's primary authors.

"Sudan should not be allowed to harbor one of the most brutal and notorious war criminals in the world with impunity."

The group calls on the international community, including the United Nations and the African Union, to pressure Sudan to co-operate with efforts to fight the LRA and strengthen their own efforts against the group.

Earlier this month, the US offered a $5m reward for the capture of Kony, who Secretary of State John Kerry said would "not be easy to find".

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  lra  |  joseph kony  |  sudan  |  east africa

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