THE DANISH Prosecution Service has charged runaway UPDF officer and former rebel chief, Major Herbert Kikomeko alias Itongwa, with war crimes.
Itongwa, who has been in Danish Police custody since May 2003, is accused of murdering two Police officers and kidnapping a government official while he waged a futile guerrilla war around Kampala during the early 1990s.
The prosecution of Itongwa is a good precedence and an encouraging sign.
The world is becoming a smaller place for criminals. People who commit crimes should not think they will be saved by simply running away to another country. For instance, some of the Rwanda genocide suspects who fled their country are being rounded up and sent to Arusha for trial. In the mid-1994.
Sudan helped the French capture Ramirez Sanchez, the legendary terrorist known as â€˜Carlos the Jackalâ€™, who was sent back to France and convicted for killing two intelligence officials.
All countries should emulate the example set by Denmark. People who commit crimes in their countries should not be sheltered in other countries. They should be brought to justice. Justice should not be limited by frontiers or the high profile of a lawbreaker.
Similarly, let Sudan join hands with Uganda to capture Lordâ€™s Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony. Under Konyâ€™s leadership the LRA has kidnapped over 20,000 children since the early 1990s.
They have killed thousands of innocent civilians and maimed hundreds, including cutting off peopleâ€™s ears and lips. Yet Kony and his top commanders continue hiding in Sudan.
Humanity deserves a world where runaway criminals are not treated as guests while their victims in the countries of origin remain in pain without redress.