ICC Terminates Proceeding Against Okot Odhiambo Top story

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The government has now issued a death certificate, certifying that Okot Odhiambo died on 27 October, 2013, 50 kilometres northeast of Djemah, in the Central African Republic.

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court- ICC have terminated proceedings against the Lord's Resistance Army rebel second in command Okot Odhiambo.

The decision follows the release of forensic report confirming that Odhiambo is dead. The forensic report given to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, confirms that Okot Odhiambo was killed in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The order to terminate proceedings against Odhiambo was issued by the presiding judge Cuno Tarfusser, on Monday this week.

Odhiambo becomes the second indicted LRA commander declared dead by the Hague based court, after Raska Lukiwya.

Uganda soldiers deployed in CAR exhumed Okot Odiambo's body early this year and identified it through DNA tests which, were later forwarded to the International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. 

The government has now issued a death certificate, certifying that Okot Odhiambo died on 27 October, 2013, 50 kilometres northeast of Djemah, in the Central African Republic.

Odhiambo had been indicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Northern Uganda.

He was suspected to have directed the killing of about 300 civilians during a February 2004 attack on the Barlonyo Internally Displaced Persons camp, in Otuke district.

He was charged together with elusive LRA leader Joseph Kony, his former deputy Vincent Otti, Raska Lukwiya and Dominic Ongwen.  While Ongwen is at the court awaiting trail, Kony is still at large and Otti is believed to be dead.

The warrant of arrest against Okot Odhiambo was issued on 8th, July, 2005. He was thought to have been hiding somewhere in the remote jungles of the Central African Republic,  north-east Democratic Republic of Congo or South Sudan.