ICC Appeals Chamber acquits former Congolese Vice President Bemba from war crimes charges

Photo: ICC-CPI
Former Congolese Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. (file)

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Friday, decided to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and head of a rebel group in the country, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

According to a news release issued by the ICC, the Appeals Chamber found, by majority, that the Court’s Trial Chamber III – which delivered the original sentence – had “erred on two important issues”, including the wrongful conviction of Mr. Bemba “for specific criminal acts that were outside the scope of the charges as confirmed.”

It added that the Trial Chamber made serious errors in its assessment of whether Mr. Bemba took all necessary and reasonable measures to prevent, repress or punish the commission by his subordinates of the other crimes within the scope of the case.

“More specifically, the Trial Chamber erred in its evaluation of Mr. Bemba’s motivation and the measures that he could have taken in light of the limitations he faced in investigating and prosecuting crimes as a remote commander sending troops to a foreign country; in whether he made efforts to refer the allegations of crimes to the Central African Republic (CAR) authorities; and in whether he intentionally limited the mandate of commissions and inquiries that he established,” added the news release.

Furthermore, in the view of the Appeals Chamber majority, there was an apparent discrepancy between the limited number of crimes within the case’s scope for which Mr. Bemba was held responsible and the Trial Chamber’s assessment of which measures he should have taken.

Mr. Bemba will, however, remain in detention on account of a different case in which he has been convicted of offences against the administration of justice, pending a decision of Trial Chamber VII, within the ICC.

In 2016, Mr. Bemba was originally sentenced to 18 years in prison, after the Chamber found him “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” as a military commander responsible for two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape, and pillaging) committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Europe, US and Russia haggle over Ukraine’s convulsing body; Russians and Americans press on for an all out civil war

The JADE Spring Meeting is about to begin

Stability in Europe has no chances because of Ukraine

Britain in and out of the EU

Assault on key Yemeni port would endanger 300,000 children and ‘choke off’ aid for millions more: UNICEF chief

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Europe – 14 June 2016

The EU learns about fishing and banking from tiny Iceland

Yanis Varoufakis in a Sting Exclusive: “Unsustainable debt turns the creditor into Leviathan; Life under it is becoming nasty, brutish and short”

Belgium: Youth Forum takes legal step to ban unpaid internships

Will Brexit shatter the EU or is it still too early to predict?

It’s EU vs. Google for real: the time is now, the case is open

China’s impact as a global investor; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

EU’s new environmental policy on biofuels impacts both the environment and the European citizen

EU’s Finance Ministers draft plan to raise tax bills of online giants like Google and Amazon

EU revengefully shows no mercy to Cameron by demanding a fast and sloppy Brexit now

Here are three technology trends changing the way you travel

FROM THE FIELD: Finding refuge in the ‘beautiful game’

If Macron defies Britain about the banks, Paris and London to clash over ‘La Manche’

A day in the life of a refugee: We should be someone who helps

“C’est la vie”? French recession and unemployment to linger in Eurozone

Draghi indirectly accuses Germany of using double standards in financial issues

Business uncertainty rises as US grants only temporary exception to EU for steel and aluminium tariffs

The European Sting at the Retail Forum for Sustainability live from Barcelona

Regional policies slowed down by EU bureaucracy

Youth unemployment: think out of the box

Why growth is now a one way road for Eurozone

IMF – World Bank meetings: US – Germany clash instituted, anti-globalization prospects visualized

EU unfolds strategy on the Egypt question

Climate change and health: an everyday solution

We have to learn to trust Artificial Intelligence. Here’s how

EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement sees the light as Moscow’s reaction once more looms

Eurozone to enter the winter…

Negative inflation hits Eurozone, ECB to print and distribute one trillion euro earlier than expected

Will Europe be able to deal with the migration crisis alone if Turkey quits the pact?

Trump: Hostile to Europe, voids Tillerson’s “ironclad” ally pledge

Deutsche Bank slammed by the US-based trio of IMF, Fed and Moody’s

The Commission tells Berlin it is legally obliged to help Eurozone out of stagnation

Guinea President Alpha Condé: “We must tackle the root causes of migration”

EU leaders agree on 2030 Climate and Energy Package: is “flexible” brave enough?

Access to healthcare: what do we lack?

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will impact young people’s future the most

European banking stress tests 2014: A more adverse approach for a shorter banking sector

“We have to do a better job of creating alternatives to violent extremism”, US Secretary of State John Kerry from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

How young entrepreneurs should be supported: what assistance should governments provide?

The EU Parliament endorses tax on financial transactions

The Parliament sets the way for the European Banking Union

This is the state of the world’s health, in numbers

Heat-resistant crops, ‘green’ infrastructure, can prepare Near East and North Africa to better tackle droughts – UN agency

Trump ‘used’ G20 to side with Putin and split climate and trade packs

Migration crisis update: The “Habsburg Empire” comes back to life while EU loses control

A young European voice on Grexit: too high a bill and too big a deal!

EU cracks under the weight of its policy on the Ukraine-Russia nub

Eurozone: Bankers-politicians rig keeps robbing taxpayers

Europe votes against GMOs but the Council votes for TTIP

EU countries invested €5 trillion abroad

Far from a healthy Health Workforce: lack of workforce planning leaves our citizens without access to proper care

The big five EU telecom operators in dire straights

The IMF sees Brexit’s ‘substantial impact’ while the world’s economy holds its breath

Minsk “ceasefire” leaves more doubts than safety, with EU already planning steps further

Rise in violent conflict shows prevention ‘more necessary than ever’: UN chief

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s