Monday, 21 March 2016

Congo former vice president found guilty of war crimes


The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes committed in Central African Republic over a decade ago. The verdicts announced on Monday focused on the responsibility of a military commander for the actions of his troops, as Bemba was accused of commanding a militia that went on a spree of murder, rape and pillage.


The charges - two of crimes against humanity and three of war crimes - stem from his militia's intervention on the side of CAR's then-president Ange-Felix Patasse in the neighbouring country's civil war.
Bemba's long-running trial was the first at the ICC to feature allegations of systematic sexual abuse by soldiers in a conflict.

Bemba is a wealthy businessman whose Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) militia and political party vied for dominance in the country in the early 2000s. 
'Bemba had no control'

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