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International court plans first probe into north Uganda rebels

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is planning its first-ever inquiry, into the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group which has waged a 17-year insurgency in northern Uganda, the court said. The move by the prosecutor to start planning an inquiry comes after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni lodged a formal complaint against the rebels with the court in December last year, the ICC said in a statement. “The Prosecutor has determined that there is a sufficient basis to start planning for the first investigation” of the ICC into the activities of the rebel group, the statement said. The probe would be the first formal investigation opened by the ICC, the Hague-based tribunal that in July 2002 became the first permanent world court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The LRA has been fighting Museveni’s government since 1986, ostensibly in a bid to replace it with an administration that would enforce the biblical Ten Commandments. Full Story

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