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British government unable to confirm extradition request

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The British Home Office has been unable to confirm press reports that Uganda has requested the extradition of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) spokesman Powell Onen P’Ojwang. Extradition proceedings are underway following a US appeal, “but I’m not aware that we had another request for him,” an official told IRIN today. “They [Uganda] may not have submitted it yet.” The semi-official ‘New Vision’ yesterday quoted Minister of Internal Affairs Tom Butime as saying a formal request had been made for P’Ojwang to stand trail for “atrocities”. He was arrested in July last year and is in custody in Brixton prison awaiting extradition proceedings to the US where he is wanted on fraud charges.

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