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Uganda May Ask ICC to Drop Rebel Arrest Warrants


Uganda may ask the International Criminal Court to drop indictments against five leaders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army.

The announcement came late Monday from members of the Ugandan government delegation scheduled to begin peace talks with the rebels this week in southern Sudan.

Officials say Uganda will propose what is called "traditional justice" for rebel leader Joseph Kony and four of his top aides. Under that system, the accused apologizes and pays compensation for his crimes, but does not serve jail time.

There was no immediate reaction from the International Criminal Court. The court has charged the five rebel leaders with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is accused of kidnapping, mutilating and killing thousands of civilians during its 20-year war against the Ugandan government.

That war has displaced some two million people in northern Uganda.

On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni extended a deadline for working out a peace deal with the LRA., giving the peace talks until September 12 to succeed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.