Mixed reactions continue to trail the acquittal of former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. Bemba’s convictions for war crimes and crimes against humanity were overturned by a majority at the
appeals chamber of the international criminal court in the Hague on Friday.
At the end of his original trial in 2016, the court had found the 55-year-old warlord guilty and ruled that he had commanded a militia that committed mass murder, rape and pillage in neighbouring
Central African Republic, between October 2002 and March 2003.