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US Expands Rewards for Information on International Criminals

Jan. 15, 2013
President Obama

US President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday an expansion of the United States' ability to offer cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest of international criminals wanted for human rights abuses.

The move seeks to help bring to justice those wanted by international criminal tribunals for atrocities and also individuals involved in transnational organized crime.

Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army were named as particular targets in Africa along with M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.

"We have made unmistakably clear that the United States is committed to seeing war criminals and other perpetrators of atrocities held accountable for their crimes, and today's legislation can help us achieve that goal," Obama said in statement after signing the measure into law.

It expands an existing programme under which the US government offers rewards for information on terrorist suspects, war criminals and others.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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