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Uganda court rules on rebel amnesty

2011-09-22 21:41

Kampala - Uganda's constitutional court says amnesty should be granted to a top rebel commander who was being tried for war crimes.

All five judges said on Thursday that Thomas Kwoyelo is entitled to amnesty just like other rebels who denounced their activities. Lawyers had objected to giving him amnesty because he applied after his 2009 arrest.

The judges also ordered the nation's war crimes court to stop his trial.

Kwoyelo, a top commander for the Lord's Resistance Army, was the first suspect to face trial at Uganda's International Crime Division.

The LRA originated in Uganda and is known for brutally torturing civilians, and for abducting and forcing children to become members of the group. Its leader, Joseph Kony, is wanted by the International Criminal Court.