Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 January 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo / International Criminal Court formally accused Jean-Pierre Bemba

 


 

 

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / International Criminal Court formally accused Jean-Pierre Bemba

 

THE HAGUE, Netherland, January 13, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the general assembly president

 

 

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have formally accused Jean-Pierre Bemba, the founder and ex-leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo, with war crimes and crimes against humanity.  If the charges are confirmed, Bemba will go on trial for crimes that include torture and murder.  Bemba’s crimes are alleged to have taken place in 2002 during a bloody power struggle in the Central African Republic.  Prosecutors say Bemba’s fighters, who were leased to the embattled Government of the Central African Republic’s then leader Ange Felix Patasse, engaged in a systematic assault on the civilian population.

 

Bemba was arrested in Belgium in July last year and remains in International Criminal Court custody at the Court’s detention facility in The Hague.

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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