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Jean-Pierre Bemba found guilty of war crimes committed in the CAR

Jean-Pierre Bemba found guilty of war crimes committed in the CAR

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Judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday found Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes, including murder, rape and pillage during a 2001-2002 conflict in the Central African Republic.

Judges said Bemba, a former Congo vice-president, had allowed his Movement for the Liberation of Congo militia to commit atrocities against civilians in the neighbouring Central African Republic as part of their campaign in support of then-president Ange-Felix Patasse.

Bemba, who was arrested in 2008 after a warrant was issued by the ICC, will be held in custody pending sentencing.

Reuters

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