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ICC Hunts DNA Proof to Cancel Indictments against LRA\'s Vincent Otti :: Uganda Radionetwork
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ICC Hunts DNA Proof to Cancel Indictments against LRA\'s Vincent Otti

ICC Outreach Coordinator for Kenya and Uganda says the office of the prosecutor is waiting for comprehensive forensic DNA tests to back up its application to the Pre-Trial Chamber to drop indictments hanging over Vincent Otti\'s head. Until that is done, Vincent Otti will remain a wanted man before the International Criminal Court
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The international Criminal Court has not found the necessary DNA forensic evidence from Ugandan government to confirm the alleged death of Vincent Otti, the second in command of the Lord\'s Resistance Army-LRA.

Otti was first reported dead in October 2007 and according to army authorities, he could have been killed on or around 8 October 2007 during a high command meeting convened by the LRA rebel Leader  Joseph Kony at his base in Garamba.  The two rebel leaders reportedly disagreed over the failed Juba peace process.

But ICC Outreach Coordinator for Kenya and Uganda Maria Kamara says the report must still be verified and officially confirmed by the office of the Prosecutor in an independent probe, similar to a process undertaken when Raska Lukwiya, another ICC wanted rebel was reported dead in 2006.

She says the office of the prosecutor is waiting for comprehensive forensic DNA tests to back up its application to the Pre-Trial Chamber to drop indictments hanging over Vincent Otti\'s head.  Until that is done, Vincent Otti will remain a wanted man before the International Criminal Court, Kamara adds.

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Otti is allegedly criminally responsible for thirty-two counts of war crimes and crimes against Humanity. They include eleven counts of crimes against humanity and Twenty-one counts of war crimes.

On the Uganda Situation Page on its official website, the International Criminal Court has maintained the status of Vincent Otti, who it describes as the vice chairman of the LRA as “At large” to imply that he is still in hiding.

The status of Dominic Ongwen who surrendered to AU Mission in Central African Republic on January 06 has been updated to ‘Surrendered to ICC Custody\'.

The news comes as the International Criminal Court severed charges against Dominic Odiambo from the rest of the indicted individuals, Joseph Kony, Okot Odhiambo and Vincent Otti whom the court says cannot be charged in absentia.

Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda, the Spokesperson of Uganda People\'s Defence Forces (UPDF) said Otti is dead but declined to divulge details on whether the evidence of his death has been shared with the International criminal court.

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