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Bemba Found Guilty


In the ICC, Jean-Pierre Bemba, a well connected businessman and former Vice President of the DRC was found guilty of witness tampering in his trial on October 19th. Bemba, convicted of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity for action in the Central African Republic, who is serving the remainder of his 18- year sentence, was not the only one indicted. Four others were found guilty, including his lawyer, his case manager, a Congolese politician and a witness for the defense. Bemba masterminded the witness corruption during his original trial by use of phones and coded language. Ultimately manipulating 14 key witnesses in his trial. The four indicted and convicted along with Bemba, are charged with more than 100 crimes, and could face up to five years in jail. No information yet if or how much Bemba’s sentence will be lengthened. This is the first case of corruption that the ICC has faced.


One response to “Bemba Found Guilty

  1. gfoster97 October 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    There should be more of these cases to see if the witnesses were tampered with. This way it could lower the percentage of how much tampering happens. It is great the the ICC has done this in such an important case. It shows that they will not stand for corruption in their cases. This should now allow for them to look at older cases and see what has been done.

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