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Al-Shabab posted a statement Monday scolding Omar Shafik Hammami, formerly of Daphne, Ala.

Hammami, who also is known as Abu Mansur al-Amriki, said publicly earlier this year that he fears members of al-Shabab may kill him over differences of opinion.

The new al-Shabab statement says Hammami’s video releases are the result of personal grievances that stem from a “narcissistic pursuit of fame.” The statement said al-Shabab has been speaking to Hammami in private but that those efforts have been “fruitless.”

The statement, which was posted on a Twitter feed used by a member of al-Shabab, said the militant group was morally obligated to out his “obstinacy.”

The FBI placed Hammami on its most wanted terrorist list last month.


U.N. court acquits rebel leader of war crimes

THE HAGUE — The International Criminal Court has acquitted a Congolese militia leader of all charges of commanding fighters who destroyed a village in eastern Congo in 2003, raping and hacking to death some 200 people, including children.

Tuesday’s acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo on charges including rape, murder and pillage is only the second verdict in the court’s 10-year history and the first time it cleared a suspect.

The only other criminal court verdict, handed down earlier this year, convicted another Congolese rebel leader, Thomas Lubanga, of using child soldiers in battles in Ituri. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The court has indicted far more senior suspects than Mr. Ngudjolo, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. Gen. Bashir refuses to surrender to the court, and Mr. Gbagbo is in custody in The Hague awaiting a possible trial.

Tuesday’s verdict also cast a shadow over prosecutors’ efforts to collect and present evidence of atrocities in complex conflicts thousands of miles from the court’s headquarters in The Hague.

Judges said the testimony of three key prosecution witnesses was unreliable and could not prove definitively that Mr. Ngudjolo led the rebel attack on the village of Bogoro, but they emphasized that Mr. Ngudjolo’s acquittal did not mean no crimes occurred in the village.


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