'Bad guys' besides Kony: Who else is wanted by the ICC?
Joseph Kony has become newly infamous in the United States since a viral video focused on his crimes, spotlighting the notorious Ugandan militia leader for kidnapping children and forcing them to serve as soldiers.
In the controversial video, a father describes Kony to his son as a "bad guy" who must be stopped.
Who else is wanted by the International Criminal Court? Here are the other men on the list:
Haroun allegedly recruited and armed some of the notorious militias known as janjaweed in the Darfur region of Sudan while working at the Interior Ministry. The militias are known to have killed, raped and tortured civilians. Last year, Haroun was elected governor of the Sudanese state of South Kordofan in an election opponents said was rigged. Haroun has said he did nothing illegal in Darfur.
Kushayb was alleged to be one of the most senior leaders in the janjaweed. The warrant for his arrest five years ago says he personally participated in murder and rapes of civilians in 2003 and 2004 in Darfur. He is also accused of attacking civilians and forcing thousands of people out of their homes.
Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein
Hussein is Sudan's defense minister. He is accused of indirectly perpetrating a long list of crimes in Darfur, including murder, rape, inhumane acts and torture. A warrant for his arrest was issued last week. The Sudanese government said the court decision didn’t matter to them, Al Jazeera reported.
Ntaganda, an army general in the Democratic Republic of Congo, used to be a rebel leader. He is wanted for forcing children younger than 15 to fight in 2002 and 2003. Besides those ICC charges, Ntaganda has also been accused of overseeing two massacres that killed nearly 1,000 civilians. He lives openly in eastern Congo.
Senussi was the brother-in-law and security chief of the late Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. He is wanted as an “indirect perpetator” of murder and persecution. Reports of his capture in November were later disputed by the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor.
Odhiambo is alleged to be a senior leader in the notorious militia led by Joseph Kony, the Lord’s Resistance Army. He is wanted for murder, enslavement, leading attacks against civilians and forcing children to enlist. His warrant says other commanders called him “the one who killed the most.” Three years ago, he said he was defecting to get safe passage to Uganda, but only if he was given a guarantee that he would not be turned over to the international court, Agence France-Presse reported.
Ongwen is alleged to be a Lord’s Resistance Army brigade commander. He has been accused of crimes that include murder, intentionally directing an attack against civilians and “inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering.” Ongwen was reportedly abducted when he was a boy. “He was forced to do those crimes,” his former caregiver argued in a 2007 documentary.
-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles
Photo: Ahmed Haroun allegedly recruited and armed some of the notorious militias that murdered, raped and tortured civilians. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times