Monday, 21 March 2016

LIVE: ICC Judgment in the Bemba case


5.15pm: VERDICT

RAPE, MURDER by his troops:  Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on all five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"Chamber finds Bemba guilty as commander of rape, murder AND pillaging as war crimes, and murder and rape as crimes against humanity."


Trial Chamber III Judges enter ICC Courtroom I to hear the closing 
oral statements in the ICC Bemba trial, 12 November 2014.
 From left to right: Judge Joyce Aluoch, Judge Sylvia Steiner
 (Presiding), and Judge Kuniko Ozaki © ICC-CPI


THE HAGUE:  Judgment in the Bemba case to be delivered at 4pm Uganda time today.

Go to LIVE broadcast court 3 here (click here)


Judgment in the Bemba case to be delivered on 21 March 2016: 
Practical information
Situation: The Central African Republic 
Case: The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

On Monday, 21 March 2016, at 14:00 (The Hague local time), Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver the judgment in the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. The Chamber is composed of Judges Sylvia Steiner (Brazil), presiding, Joyce Aluoch (Kenya) and Kuniko Ozaki (Japan).

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 QC, the Office of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and Legal Representative of Victims Marie-Edith Douzima-Lawson.


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

The trial in the Bemba case started on 22 November 2010 and the submission of evidence in the case was closed on 7 April 2014. On 2 October 2014, upon the Defence's request, the Chamber reopened the evidentiary hearing, for purposes of hearing further testimony. This further testimony concluded on 24 October 2014. The Prosecution, the Defence, and the Legal Representatives of Victims made their closing oral statements on 12 and 13 November 2014.

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