The actress Angelina Jolie offered to act as a honeytrap to capture one of Africa’s most notorious war criminals, according to documents leaked from within the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The offer was made during discussions with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC chief prosecutor at the time, who wanted to deploy the Hollywood star in the Central African Republic to help hunt down the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.
In one leaked email sent by Moreno Ocampo, he claims that Jolie “has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him”.
Moreno Ocampo was hoping to embed Jolie, and possibly her husband, Brad Pitt, with US Special Forces troops close to the warlord’s stronghold, where hundreds of children had been abducted.
“…Jolie offered to act as a honey trap to capture one of Africa’s most notorious war criminals, according to documents leaked from within the International Criminal Court (ICC),” the paper reported on October 8.
“In one leaked email sent by Moreno Ocampo, he claims that Jolie ‘has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him.”
The dinner, one can conclude from The Times article, was to be in the Central African Republic (CAR) – where Kony had fled in 2006 from Sudan.
As the two would be dining, the United States Special Force – which was already in the CAR – was to swoop and arrest Kony.
The Sunday Times bases its article on leaked ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo electronic mail (e–mail).
Hundreds of the mail, which is now in the hands of French investigative website, Mediapart, was later accessed by The Times.
Ms Jolie’s ‘offer’ came on the heels of requests by the then ICC chief prosecutor Ocampo.
According to the article, Jolie, a campaigner for international humanitarian causes, replied to Ocampo thus: ‘…Let’s discuss logistics…’
“There are no further details in the documents about the dinner and the proposed trip does not appear to have gone ahead,” The Times noted.
The ICC indicted Kony in 2005 for murder, rape, enslavement and enforced conscription of children.
He has been on the run since and in April 2017, the US Special Forces, who had been in CAR since 2011 to hunt for him, gave up the chase.
Source: The Sunday Times UK