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Ugandan Rebels Want War Crimes Charges Dropped


A Ugandan rebel commander is demanding that the International Criminal Court drop war crimes charges against him and four other rebel leaders.

Vincent Otti - second-in-command for the rebel Lord's Resistance Army - told a Ugandan radio station Tuesday that rebel fighters will not surrender unless the indictments are dropped.

The rebels are to move toward neutral camps in southern Sudan under terms of a truce reached with the government more than a week ago.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has offered amnesty to rebel chief Joseph Kony and his top aides if they lay down their arms and end their 20-year insurgency.

But the ICC has said it still wants to prosecute the rebel leaders on war crimes charges.

The LRA is accused of killing, kidnapping and mutilating thousands of civilians in northern Uganda.

The International Criminal Court has no police force and must rely on governments to arrest its targets.

Ugandan officials say bands of rebels have been moving toward the camps in southern Sudan since the truce went into effect last Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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