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ICC Verdict On Appeal By Jean Pierre Bemba Scheduled Today

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ICC Verdict On Appeal By Jean Pierre Bemba Scheduled Today

The International Criminal Court is scheduled to pass a verdict in an appeal by former Congolese vice president Jean Pierre Bemba.

Bemba and four accomplices are protesting convictions for bribing witnesses in Bemba’s main war crimes trial.

Bemba’s four accomplices — lawyer Aime Kilolo, his legal case manager Jean-Jacques Mangenda, Narcisse Arido, a defence witness, and Congolese lawmaker Fidele Babala — were sentenced to between six months and two-and-half years in jail. All have also appealed the March 2017 corruption judgement.

Bemba, 55, was found guilty by judges of masterminding a network to bribe and manipulate at least 14 defence witnesses, persuading them to lie for him as he fought five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The judges ruled he had “planned, authorised, and approved the illicit coaching” of witnesses in his main trial.

 

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