The Democratic Republic of Congo’s election commission has banned Jean-Pierre Bemba from running for president as the former warlord awaits the final outcome for his witness tampering case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Mr Bemba, who submitted his candidacy earlier in August after returning to the central African nation after 11 years spent in exile or prison, was one of six contenders deemed ineligible following hours of deliberation.
Back in June, the ex-rebel was acquitted of war crimes committed by his Movement for the Liberation of DR Congo forces in neighbouring Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003.
The 55-year-old was one of four vice presidents in the transitional government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2003 to 2006. Continue reading “DR Congo bans former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba from presidential elections”
The former Congolese vice-president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been found guilty in the first trial at the international criminal court to focus on the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Continue reading “Congo politician guilty in first ICC trial to focus on rape as a war crime”
L’ancien vice-président de la RDC, Jean-Pierre Bemba, a été reconnu coupable en tant que chef militaire de crimes de guerre et de crimes contre l’humanité commis par des rebelles du MLC en Centrafrique en 2002 et 2003, dans un verdict rendu par la CPI ce lundi 21 mars. Continue reading “CPI: Jean-Pierre Bemba reconnu coupable de crimes de guerre et de crimes contre l’humanité”