Trial Reports: Bemba Trial

Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

While also implicated in incidents within his home country as well, DR Congolese businessman Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is on trial at the ICC for events in the Central African Republic. During a coup in 2001, Bemba and his Movement for the Liberation of Congo militia assisted Ange-Felix Patasse, the first directly elected President of the CAR to stay in power. After this coup failed, Patasse sacked his chief of staff, Francois Bozize, who played a role in the coup, ordering his arrest. When Bozize fled to Chad, CAR troops and a militia run by Chadian Abdoulaye Miskine entered Chad in a failed attempt to capture Bozize. Bozize’s forces took over the CAR capital Bangui, but were pushed back by Patasse, still with the support of Bemba and the MLC. MLC forces stayed in CAR, including Bangui, for six months in 2002 and 2003, when it was alleged that they raped, tortured, murdered and pillaged.In 2008, when Bemba was in Brussels, the ICC unsealed an arrest warrant for him and he was arrested shortly after. His trial began in November 2010, and is scheduled to finish by the end of 2013.

One Witness to Testify at ICC’s First Witness Tampering Sentencing Hearing Next Week

9 Dec 2016
The prosecution will call one witness to testify at the sentencing hearing of Jean-Pierre Bemba and his four associates who were found guilty last October of witness tampering at the International Criminal Court (ICC). No witness will testify for the defense at the hearing scheduled for December 12-14, 2016.

Prosecutor Asks ICC Judges to Give Bemba Longer Prison Sentence

2 Nov 2016
The prosecution has made the case for a longer prison sentence for Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was handed an 18-year jail term at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The prosecution argued that this sentence is disproportionate to Bemba’s culpability and the harm caused to victims of the crimes.

Bemba and Four Associates Convicted for Witness Tampering

19 Oct 2016
Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba alongside four associates, who include two of his former defense lawyers, have been convicted in the witness bribery trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Their sentences will be announced at a later date.

Verdict to be Delivered Tomorrow in First ICC Witness Tampering Trial

19 Oct 2016
Tomorrow, judges will deliver the judgment in the first witness corruption case handled by the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The verdict in the trial in which there are five accused individuals will be delivered in open court at 14:30 local time in The Hague.

Bemba Lays Out Grounds for Appeal Against ICC Conviction

6 Oct 2016
Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has laid out the grounds of appeal against his conviction by International Criminal Court (ICC) judges over his failure to punish his troops who committed rape, murder, and pillaging in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

Bemba Lays Out Grounds for Appeal Against ICC Conviction

6 Oct 2016
Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has laid out the grounds of appeal against his conviction by International Criminal Court (ICC) judges over his failure to punish his troops who committed rape, murder, and pillaging in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

Verdict in ICC’s First Witness Tampering Trial Scheduled for October 19

21 Sep 2016
The verdict in the first evidence tampering trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be delivered on October 19, according to an order issued today by judges.

Verdict in ICC’s First Witness Tampering Trial Scheduled for October 19

21 Sep 2016
The verdict in the first evidence tampering trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be delivered on October 19, according to an order issued today by judges.

Judge Rejects Prosecution Bid to Have Costs of Bemba’s ICC Trial Revealed

15 Sep 2016
An International Criminal Court (ICC) judge has rejected a prosecution request to order the court’s Registry to reveal the costs incurred on trying former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Judge Rejects Prosecution Bid to Have Costs of Bemba’s ICC Trial Revealed

15 Sep 2016
An International Criminal Court (ICC) judge has rejected a prosecution request to order the court’s Registry to reveal the costs incurred on trying former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba.