War crimes committed by the Lord's Resistance Army rebels during their 20-year insurgency in northern Uganda will be tried under a special division of the High Court.
An agreement to this effect was signed late yesterday in the Sudanese town of Juba where peace talks between the Ugandan Government and the LRA are being held.
Captain Chris Magezi, spokesperson of the government delegation, said it was agreed that the most severe war crimes should be prosecuted by the High Court of Uganda. He said lesser crimes will be dealt with by junior courts and through the use of traditional reconciliation mechanisms like the Acholi Mato Oput.
Yesterday's agreement is an attempt to resolve outstanding disagreements between the LRA and the Ugandan government over issues of justice and impunity. At the behest of Government, the International Criminal Court in The Hague investigated the activities of the LRA and indicted five of its top commanders
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