'Forgive killers'

GULU, Uganda - It is not often that families of murder victims petition the courts to forgive their killers.

GULU, Uganda - It is not often that families of murder victims petition the courts to forgive their killers.

But in Uganda, almost an entire tribe whose relatives were slaughtered and children kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels are lobbying for them not to be tried by an international tribunal.

Fugitive LRA leader Joseph Kony and three deputies are wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges including mass killing, mutilation and using child soldiers. But in northern Uganda, few want them jailed.

Walter Akena, a resident of one of Uganda's refugee settlements, said: "They should forgive Kony. We want to end this mayhem."

He said he feels no anger towards the rebels who killed two of his brothers. - Reuters

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