BREAKING NEWS; African Vice President Sentenced To 18 Years By ICC

Jean-Pierre Bemba
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Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former Democratic Republic of Congo warlord and Congolese vice-president, is among the African leaders to be jailed by the International Criminal Court, ICC.

Jean-Pierre Bemba has been sentenced to 18 years in prison by ICC over war crimes and sexual violence.

In March 2016, The ICC found Bemba guilty of crimes committed in neighboring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

The former warlord was accused of not stopping rebels from killing and raping people.

He had sent more than 1,000 fighters to help put down an attempted coup.

After the charges were read, Karen Naimer, director of the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said,

“Today’s sentencing marks a critical turning point for the thousands of women, children, and men who were victims of Bemba’s orchestrated campaign of rape and murder. The punishment meted out today can’t turn back the clock, but it can bring a measure of closure to those victims who’ve waited patiently more than a dozen years for this day to come.”