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Central African Republic's Seleka rebels seek $5 million US reward for Ugandan rebel's capture

  • In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 and released by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), a man said by the UPDF to be the wanted Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, center-right, is handed over by the UPDF to the African Union Regional Task Force who later handed him over to Central African Republic authorities, in the Central African Republic. Accompanying Ongwen are Ugandan Contingent Commander to the African Union Regional Task Force Col Michael Kabango, right, Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Bangui David Brown, left, and other unidentified military officials. Central African Republic's Seleka rebels, who once overthrew the government, say they're entitled to a $5 million reward from the U.S. government because they say they captured and handed over the wanted international war crimes suspect Dominic Ongwen to American forces. (AP Photo/Uganda People's Defence Force, Mugisha Richard)

    In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 and released by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), a man said by the UPDF to be the wanted Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, center-right, is handed over by the UPDF to the African Union Regional Task Force who later handed him over to Central African Republic authorities, in the Central African Republic. Accompanying Ongwen are Ugandan Contingent Commander to the African Union Regional Task Force Col Michael Kabango, right, Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Bangui David Brown, left, and other unidentified military officials. Central African Republic's Seleka rebels, who once overthrew the government, say they're entitled to a $5 million reward from the U.S. government because they say they captured and handed over the wanted international war crimes suspect Dominic Ongwen to American forces. (AP Photo/Uganda People's Defence Force, Mugisha Richard)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 and released by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), Ugandan Contingent Commander to the African Union Regional Task Force Col Michael Kabango, left, talks with a man in  UPDF custody said by the UPDF to be the wanted Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, right, in the Central African Republic. Central African Republic's Seleka rebels, who once overthrew the government, say they're entitled to a $5 million reward from the U.S. government because they say they captured and handed over the wanted international war crimes suspect Dominic Ongwen to American forces. (AP Photo/Uganda People's Defence Force, Mugisha Richard)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 and released by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), Ugandan Contingent Commander to the African Union Regional Task Force Col Michael Kabango, left, talks with a man in UPDF custody said by the UPDF to be the wanted Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, right, in the Central African Republic. Central African Republic's Seleka rebels, who once overthrew the government, say they're entitled to a $5 million reward from the U.S. government because they say they captured and handed over the wanted international war crimes suspect Dominic Ongwen to American forces. (AP Photo/Uganda People's Defence Force, Mugisha Richard)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 and released by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), a man said by the UPDF to be the wanted Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, center, stands with Ugandan Contingent Commander to the African Union Regional Task Force Col Michael Kabango, right, and another unidentified man, left, prior to being handed over by the UPDF to the African Union Regional Task Force who later handed him over to Central African Republic authorities, in the Central African Republic. Central African Republic's Seleka rebels, who once overthrew the government, say they're entitled to a $5 million reward from the U.S. government because they say they captured and handed over the wanted international war crimes suspect Dominic Ongwen to American forces. (AP Photo/Uganda People's Defence Force, Mugisha Richard)

    In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 and released by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), a man said by the UPDF to be the wanted Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, center, stands with Ugandan Contingent Commander to the African Union Regional Task Force Col Michael Kabango, right, and another unidentified man, left, prior to being handed over by the UPDF to the African Union Regional Task Force who later handed him over to Central African Republic authorities, in the Central African Republic. Central African Republic's Seleka rebels, who once overthrew the government, say they're entitled to a $5 million reward from the U.S. government because they say they captured and handed over the wanted international war crimes suspect Dominic Ongwen to American forces. (AP Photo/Uganda People's Defence Force, Mugisha Richard)  (The Associated Press)

Central African Republic's Seleka rebels, who once overthrew the government, say they're entitled to a $5 million reward from the U.S. government because they say they handed over a wanted international war crimes suspect.

Dominic Ongwen, a commander of the Ugandan rebel group Lord's Resistance Army, is now in custody of the International Criminal Court and is expected to be flown later Monday to The Hague for trial on war crimes charges.

The Seleka rebels say they captured Ongwen and then handed him over to American forces in Central African Republic.

Mounir Ahamat, a Seleka officer in the Sam-Ouandja area, said Ongwen introduced himself as "Moussa" and only later did the rebels learn they had handed over an international war crimes suspect with a bounty on his head.