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ICC: There is No Evidence Vincent Otti is Dead

Media reports indicate that Otti was killed by Kony for allegedly spying for the Government. Isaac Okwir, who works for the Justice and Reconciliation project, asked why court has delayed to confirm Ottis death yet some people who returned from the bush claim to have witnessed the brutal killing.
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There is no sufficient evidence to prove that Vincent Otti, the second in command of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army-LRA is dead, according to the International Criminal Court-ICC.

 

 

Despite being pronounced dead 10 years ago, Romina Morello, the Associate External Relations Cooperation Officer of the ICC, says the arrest warrant for Otti still stands until when there get evidence that he is dead.

"There is no sufficient information to prove that he's dead and so the offices in charge are still looking at this matter,” he told journalists at The Hague based court on Thursday.

 

In October 2005, the ICC issued arrest warrants for Joseph Kony and four top LRA commanders including Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen and Vincent Otti to answer for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Northern Uganda.

 

 

The LRA commanders were also accused of pillaging, murder, rape, sexual enslavement, mutilation and recruitment of child soldiers among others. However, although ICC confirmed the death of Okot Odhiambo and Raska Lukwiya, court is still looking for evidence to prove Otti's death.

 

 

Media reports indicate that Otti was killed by Kony for allegedly spying for the Government. Isaac Okwir, who works for the Justice and Reconciliation project, asked why court has delayed to confirm Otti's death yet some people who returned from the bush claim to have witnessed the brutal killing.

 

Former LRA fighters who were granted amnesty following their return from the bush say they witnessed Vincent Otti being shot by Kony. The issue here is how the others ended up being declared dead while Otti is suspected to be alive,” he asked.

 

The ICC Assistant Outreach Field Officer for Uganda, Jimmy Otim, says court has the powers to determine whether to drop the warrant against Otii or not. The court said recently it was still waiting for

DNA evidence to confirm Otti's death.

The court is currently trying Dominic Ongwen, one of the five indicted former LRA commanders. He is battling 74 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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