Envoy, MP clash over northern war
Publish Date: May 09, 2010
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By Francis Emorut

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) ambassador, Mirjim Blaak, and Gulu municipality Member of Parliament Alex Oceng clashed on Friday over the UPDF’s alleged atrocities in the northern war.

Oceng accused ICC of targeting the Lord Resistance Army rebel leader, Joseph Kony, for prosecution and sparing the UPDF who, he alleged, also committed atrocities.

“Justice must be seen done across the board but not leaving the army who also participated in the killing of people,” he said.

Oceng also rapped the court for turning a blind eye to crimes committed by the allied forces in Iraq and other countries.

However, Blaak defended the UPDF, saying the Government was very strict on army conduct.

“There is no way UPDF could have committed atrocities because the Government is very strict on their conduct. Those who may have committed crimes have been executed by firing squad,” she said.

The exchange was at a public dialogue on the impact of ICC on victims and affected communities in Kampala.

The director of the Barbados public prosecution, Charles Leacock, explained that ICC was an independent body which acts on evidence after investigations.

He said its mandate is to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity regardless of whether they are from developing and developed countries.

He cited the former Bosnian leader, Radovan Karadzic, who is being tried at the Hague.

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