Congolese politician to appeal 18-year war crimes sentence - court document
Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba will appeal his conviction for overseeing a campaign of rape and murder in the Central African Republic, according to a document released by the International Criminal Court on Wednesday.
Bemba, sentenced to 18 years in prison in June [L8N19D372], is the highest-ranking politician to be convicted by the global war crimes court.
The former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo is the first person the court has held directly responsible for his subordinates' crimes.
In the almost 200-page document, Bemba's lawyers call the proceedings... read more
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