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Congolese militieleider Bemba was sentenced to an extra year of cell

Congolese militieleider Bemba was sentenced to an extra year of cell

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The Congolese businessman, politician and militieleider Jean-Pierre Bemba on Wednesday by the International criminal Court (ICC) sentenced to an extra year of imprisonment for the bribery of witnesses.

This penalty is added to the 18-year cell that Bemba previously imposed for his involvement in war crimes. Also has Bemba, a fine obtained of 300,000 euros.

Bemba (54) was made in October last year found guilty of bribery of fourteen witnesses. These people were told what they are before the court, had to explain. The Congolese has also collaborated with other suspects to be false evidence to the ICC to discuss. That were given sentences up to 2.5 years in prison.

Last year, Bemba against the sentencing of 18 years in prison on appeal. He would be 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. He 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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