DRCongo ex-leader Bemba guilty of war crimes: ICC

Former vice-president in the transitional government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo looking on in a court room of the International Criminal Court to stand trial on September 29, 2015War crimes judges Monday found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of a deliberate campaign of widespread rapes and killings by his private army in Central African Republic over a decade ago. In a landmark verdict, the judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Bemba guilty on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, saying he had retained “effective command and control” over the forces sent in to CAR to quell an attempted coup against the then president. It was the first case before the ICC to focus on sexual violence as a weapon of war, as well as to find a military commander to blame for the atrocities carried out by his forces even though he did not order them.

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