OCTOBER 12, 2010: Police Assign 12 Detectives to LRA Case

Police Assign 12 Detectives to LRA Case

SOURCE: The Monitor

Flavia Nalubega

The police have assigned 12 detectives to work with prosecutors to deliver justice to victims of the Lord's Resistance Army war.

Ms Racheal Musoke, a top Ministry of Justice official, said yesterday that public consultations begin next month to assess the option of public truth-telling about past crimes in order to promote forgiveness and reconciliation.

Officiating at the East African International Criminal Justice Initiative stakeholder's workshop in Entebbe, Ms Musoke said they are working to restore justice for victims of the LRA war and other international crimes. She said there are arrangements by the government to provide specialised equipment for the analytical laboratory in Wandegeya, Kampala to enable it investigate crimes.

Arrest criminals

"Better equipment will be provided to enable the laboratory carry out tests of special cases," she said. Ms Maria Mabinty, the International Criminal Court field outreach coordinator in Uganda, called upon the court's member states to arrest criminals. "More commitment is needed among the ICC member states if we are to fight such crimes and acquire justice for our people," she said.

"If any country can come across Kony and arrest him, then hand him over to us, we shall be able to deal with him. However, lack of willingness and commitment to work together is what will let us down," Ms Mabinty added. The conference was organised to raise awareness and enhance the capacity of target groups on the role and importance of ICC in fighting impunity.

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