UN: ICC Trial Chamber to deliver judgment on CAR rebel leader on 21 March

New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
on Tuesday said it will deliver its verdict in the case facing Central African
Republic (CAR) rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo on 21 March at The Hague.

An ICC statement obtained by PANA in New York said that Trial Chamber III is
composed of Judges Sylvia Steiner (Brazil), presiding, Joyce Aluoch (Kenya) and
Kuniko Ozaki (Japan).

It said that the judgement session will be transmitted live on the ICC website. The verdict
will be read out in public and will either acquit or convict the accused.

"While the prosecution must prove the guilt of the accused, the Trial Chamber will
convict the accused only if it is satisfied that the charges have been proven beyond
reasonable doubt.

"The three judges ensure the fairness of the trial and that the rights of both parties
and of the victims are respected. In response to the verdict, the various parties will
be able to appeal the decision before the ICC Appeals Chamber," it stated.

The trial of Bemba started on 22 November 2010 and the submission of evidence
in the case was closed on 7 April 2014.

Bemba is allegedly criminally responsible, as a military commander, for two
counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes
(murder, rape and pillaging) committed in the context of the situation in
Central African Republic in 2002-2003.
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