Angelina Jolie was reportedly involved in a bizarre plot to capture and arrest Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.
The actress and human rights activist, 42, and her now estranged husband Brad Pitt, 53, were asked by International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo to help trap Kony, according to documents obtained by the Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper.
Kony was indicted by ICC officials in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity, but has evaded capture despite a major celebrity-led campaign aimed at bringing him to justice.
According to the documents, in 2012 Moreno Ocampo devised a plan whereby Jolie and Pitt would be embedded with U.S. Special Forces soldiers near to Kony’s stronghold in the Central African Republic.
He would then be invited to a private meal with the Hollywood stars where he would be ambushed and arrested.
Moreno Ocampo claimed the Maleficent actress was keen to help bring Kony to justice, writing in an email, “Forget other celebrities, she is the one. She loves to arrest Kony (sic). She is ready. Probably Brad will go also.”
In an email to the prosecutor, Jolie reportedly wrote, “Brad is being supportive. Let’s discuss logistics. Much love Xxx.”
However the actress failed to reply to follow-up emails and eventually broke off contact with the official.
Jolie and Pitt announced their split last year (16) and are currently going through divorce proceedings.
The actress and filmmaker and Moreno Ocampo began corresponding after he invited her to become his adviser, an offer she appears to have declined, and praised her 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which told the story of the Bosnian war.
Kony gained international notoriety in 2012 when a social media campaign calling for his capture gained celebrity support, including from Jolie herself.
That year, she recorded a video calling for Kony’s arrest in which she said, “He’s the one we all want to see in jail.”
Kony’s alleged crimes include rape, murder, as well as enslaving and conscripting children.
According to the leaked emails, Moreno Ocampo also contacted George Clooney and Sean Penn, and asked the Syriana star to use a satellite he funded to document atrocities committed during the 2011 Libyan civil war.
– Cover Media0