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Bemba 'guilty of troops' barbarity', ICC hears as trial nears end

This video grab released on July 4, 2008 by the International Criminal Court shows former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba during a pre-trial hearing before the ICC in the HagueThe International Criminal Court should convict Jean-Pierre Bemba for his troops’ “barbarity” in the Central African Republic, prosecutors said Wednesday as the former Congolese vice president’s war crimes trial nears its end. “We are here today to ask that justice be done, that the accused Jean-Pierre Bemba be found responsible for and guilty of the victims’ suffering,” prosecutor Jean-Jacques Badibanga said at the start of two days of closing arguments in the case. Bemba, 52, faces three war crimes counts and two of crimes against humanity for murder, rape and pillage committed by some 1,500 members of his private army in the neighbouring Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.

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