APRIL 15, 2010: Kony's Deputy Otti Still Wanted by ICC

Kony's Deputy Otti Still Wanted - ICC
SOURCE: Monitor
Kampala — The International Criminal Court has said the warrant of arrest issued against the Lord's Resistance Army's second in command, Vincent Otti still stands despite reports of his death.

"Until the judges publicly announce to us that Otti is dead, the official position of the court is that he is alive until proven otherwise," the ICC field outreach coordinator in Kampala Maria Mabinty Kamara told reporters today.

Ms kamara said that investigations to establish whether Otti is indeed dead or alive are still ongoing.

Otti who was deupty to Joseph Kony, the rebel leader is reported to have been killed in November 2007 is wanted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 20 year old war in northern Uganda.

He is alleged to have led the Balonyo massacre in February 2004, during which more than 300 villagers were shot, hacked and burned to death.

He was charged with 21 counts of war crimes (including murder, pillaging, inducing rape, forced enlisting of children, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population, and cruel treatment of civilians) and 11 counts of crimes against humanity (including murder, sexual enslavement, and inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering).