WANTED: Obama administration offers $5 million bounty for LRA thug Joseph Kony

By MATTHEW LEEAssociated Press April 3, 2013 at 10:18 am
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Thanks to the work of Invisible Children, Joseph Kony is now a wanted man.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday offered up to $5 million in rewards for information leading to the capture of Lord’s Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony, two of his top aides and a Rwandan rebel leader suspected of crimes against humanity.

The bounties are being offered by the State Department under a provision in the War Crimes Rewards Program authored by Secretary of State John Kerry when he was a senator and signed into law by President Barack Obama in January. That provision expanded the scope of the program that had previously allowed for rewards to be offered for war crimes suspects wanted only by international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

It now covers those wanted by the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals, such as those envisioned for the Democratic Republic of Congo and potentially Syria

Kony is accused of ordering widespread atrocities during a brutal campaign for power that originated in Uganda in the 1980s and is wanted by the International Criminal Court. He is now believed to be hiding in the Central African Republic where an international manhunt for him led by African troops has been suspended due to lack of cooperation from that country’s new leaders, who overthrew the government last month.

Other than Kony, the rewards apply to his lieutenants, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, as well as the leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, Sylvestre Mudacumura.

From Invisible Children:

RYOT NOTE: This news is HUGE for multiple reasons. First and foremost, this needed to happen. Joseph Kony is a thug who abducts children and turns them into soldiers. Hopefully this bounty will lead to his capture. This is also important because it’s a testament to the power of of Invisible Children’s ongoing campaign to end LRA atrocities and bring Kony to justice. Without their amazing work, this never would have happened, so check them out, consider donating and share this story to keep the movement going!

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