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Congolese militieleider Bemba is in appeal against sentence, ICC

Congolese militieleider Bemba is in appeal against sentence, ICC

The Congolese businessman, politician and militieleider Jean-Pierre Bemba is in appeal against the prison sentence that the International criminal Court (ICC) earlier this year imposed.

That reports news agency AFP.

Judges of the International criminal Court (ICC), the Congolese businessman, politician and militieleider Jean-Pierre Bemba was sentenced to eighteen years in prison.

They hold him responsible for numerous war crimes that were committed between 2001 and 2002 by a militia of Bemba in the Central African Republic. He would crimes such as murder, rape and looting have allowed.

Vice president

Bemba was once vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a powerful rival of president Joseph Kabila, who since the beginning of 2011, the Congo government.

The lawyers of Bemba asked during the ICC process, that the ruthless fighters no longer under the command of Bemba were when they the crimes committed. They went up with Central African forces, and listened not any more to Bemba.

Militieleider Bemba in appeal against decision ICC

The Congolese militieleider Jean-Pierre Bemba is in appeal against the prison sentence that the International criminal Court (ICC) has imposed.
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Bemba was earlier this year sentenced to eighteen years in prison.
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Bemba is held responsible for numerous war crimes that were committed between 2001 and 2002.
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Bemba was in 2008 in Belgium, were arrested and extradited to the ICC in The Hague. The process began in late 2010 and took more than four years.

The case against Bemba is one of the many of the court where the ICC inertia is blamed. In Congo, the ICC suspected of president Kabila to have helped by rival Bemba to turn it off.

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