The International Criminal Court (the ICC) remains undeterred in its determination to prosecute Joseph Kony and other commanders of the Lord's Resistance Army.
Maria Kamara, spokesperson of the ICC in Kampala, says the ongoing offensive against the LRA in the Democratic Republic of Congo may serve the goal of bringing Kony and his commanders to book. Although the ICC has not sanctioned the offensive, Kamara says both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which are signatories to the ICC statute, have the responsibility to use military means to capture and hand the rebels over for prosecution.
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In 2005 the ICC issued arrest warrants for Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Raska Lukwiya, David Ongwen and Okot Odhiambo. Raska Lukwiya was killed in fighting with the Uganda People's Defence Forces and the case against him was dropped. The ICC is investigating reports that Vincent Otti was killed by Joseph Kony last year and needs forensic evidence of this before it can drop the case against him.
The ICC arrest warrants were a sticking point during the 2-year peace talks between the Government of Uganda and the rebels. Joseph Kony vowed not to sign a peace agreement with Government until the arrest warrants were dropped.
Maria Kamara says the ICC will not change its tune and is closely monitoring the military action in the Congo.