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Child Soldiers

Angelina Jolie 'offered to help capture' Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

The actor apparently wanted to invite Kony to dinner so he could be arrested.

jolie Angelina Jolie pictured at the United Nations' headquarters in New York last month Luiz Rampelotto / SIPA USA/PA Images Luiz Rampelotto / SIPA USA/PA Images / SIPA USA/PA Images

ANGELINA JOLIE OFFERED to help in a plot to capture Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, according to documents leaked from within the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Excerpts of the documents have been published in the Sunday Times today.

In one email, the then ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo claimed Jolie “has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him”.

“Forget other celebrities, she is the one. She loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad will go also,” Moreno Ocampo wrote in another email.

As well as her work as an actor and director, Jolie is a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In October 2005, the ICC said it had issued arrest warrants against five members of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda including its leader Kony. His alleged crimes include murder, rape and forced conscription of children.

Viral video 

In March 2012, Kony gained worldwide attention when US charity Invisible Children released a video detailing the plight of child soldiers who were forced to fight in his army. The footage went viral, clocking up over 100 million views.

Invisible Children / YouTube

The same year Moreno Ocampo wrote to Jolie: “Apparently you can be embedded with the special forces that are chasing Kony. Can Brad go with you?”

Jolie replied: “Brad is being supportive. Let’s discuss logistics. Much love Xxx.”

The Times report says it appears the proposed dinner didn’t go ahead.

Later emails show Jolie stopped contacting Moreno Ocampo, with her assistant at one point telling him she had changed her personal email address.

The newspaper also reports that Moreno Ocampo tried to get actors George Clooney and Sean Penn involved in his work. He apparently wanted Clooney’s commercial satellite company to spy on Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but the actor declined, saying the technology in question wasn’t “sophisticated enough”.

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