International Police (Interpol) has issued red notices against six top Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) commanders suspected to be operating in the DR Congo and Uganda.
The six rebel commanders include Richard Mukulu, 29, Musa Shabani Bisimwa alias Alfred, 33, Muzee Nganda, alias Jamil Muzzanganda, 57, Praida Baluku, alias Braida, 39, Hakim Hakim, 48, and Ali Mobile, 32.
Mukulu is suspected to be the son of Jamil Mukulu, the overall ADF commander, who was arrested in Tanzania in April and extradited to Uganda in July and is now facing charges of murder.
According to the red notice issued by Interpol, the suspects are wanted on charges ranging from crimes against humanity, rape, murder, forced enlistment of children into armed rebellion, participating in an insurrection and sex slavery, among others.
“Wanted by the judicial authorities of Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) for prosecution / to serve a sentence,” an Interpol statement on each of the five rebel leaders said.
An Interpol red notice seeks “the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action”.
Interpol is appealing to anyone who has information regarding their whereabouts to inform the nearest police.
The director International Police (Uganda), Mr Asan Kasingye, confirmed he had received the notices and that Uganda would execute them. “I can confirm that we received the red notices for all the five from Interpol,” he said yesterday.
About ADF leadership
According to a UN report, experts on DR Congo, ADF split into two groups one led by Jamil Mukulu and another by Sheikh Musa Baluku after DRC forces captured their bases including their main camp in May 2014. Sheikh Baluku assumed overall command of the ADF group operating northeast of Beni town mid-April 2014.
He is married to Jamil Mukulu’s stepdaughter, only identified as Stella. Jamil Muzzanganda is in charge of ADF’s weaponry, and was one of its primary bomb-makers during 2013-2014.