UN: ICC delivers judgment on Congolese rebel leader 21 March

New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver judgment on Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel leader, Jean-Pierre Bemba, on 21 March at The Hague, Netherlands.

Mr. Bemba is charged with two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape, and pillaging), allegedly committed during the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003.

An ICC statement, obtained by PANA in New York, recalled that the trial of Bemba, a politician, businessman and former militia leader in the DRC, began on 22 November, 2010 at the ICC, and the submission of evidence in the case was closed on 7 April 2014.

It noted that on 2 October 2014, on the defence’s request, the ICC Trial Chamber re-opened the evidentiary hearing, for purposes of hearing further testimony, and the further testimony concluded on 24 October 2014.

It also disclosed that the prosecution, the defence and the legal representatives of victims made their closing oral statements on 12 and 13 November 2014.

The statement said that the ICC Chamber to deliver the judgement is composed of Judges Sylvia Steiner (Brazil), presiding, Joyce Aluoch (Kenya) and Kuniko Ozaki (Japan).

It stated that a summary of the judgment will be read during a public court hearing by the presiding judge, in the presence of the accused and his defence team, led by Peter Haynes,, the ICC prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, and the legal representative of the victims, Ms. Marie-Edith Douzima-Lawson.
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14 march 2016 15:50:01

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