Fifty eight Ugandans who were members of different guerilla groups have been granted amnesty.
Nathan Twinomugisha, principal legal officer at the Amnesty Commission, says the majority of those pardoned were former members of the Uganda National Rescue Front II who were exiled in Kenya. He says former rebels of the Allied Democratic Force (ADF), who were handed over to the Commission by the United Nations Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, have also been granted amnesty.
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Seven years ago the Ugandan government passed a blanket amnesty law to provide total immunity from prosecution to any rebel who voluntarily surrendered to the government. Since them more than 3,000 former Uganda National Rescue Front II fighters and about 20,000 former combatants and abductees of the Lord's Resistance Army have been granted official pardon.