Bemba ICC case: Judges due to deliver appeal verdict

ICC overturns conviction of Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba

Jean-Pierre Bemba was on Friday acquited of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Bemba, a former vice-president of DR Congo, was found guilty of war crimes committed in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003 by the International Criminal Court.

The case saw the heavy-set, imposing former leader - nicknamed "Miniature Mobutu" - convicted for his role in a five-month reign of terror.

Bemba, a former Congolese senator and vice-president, was the commander of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo when he was asked in 2002 and 2003 to send troops by President Ange-Felix Patasse in neighbouring Central African Republic, or auto. "Entire families were victimised".

ICC overturns conviction of Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba

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.

The trial was the first before the ICC to focus on sexual violence as a weapon of war. The conviction was based on the principle of command responsibility.

But the two dissenting judges wrote that the majority had used the wrong standards for review and that its findings were, therefore, deeply flawed.

Bemba has been in custody at the ICC for almost a decade after authorities in Belgium arrested him there in 2008 and sent him to The Hague. His sentence is the longest of any individual convicted by the ICC so far.

MoJ loses minister Phillip Lee in Brexit row
She told HuffPost UK some of her colleagues needed to "take a chill pill". The government said it would not support that amendment.

The ICC, headquartered in the Netherlands, in 2016 convicted Bemba for the war crimes after a six-year trial, saying he knew about the war crimes.

Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende said that Bemba had the right to return home if released, Reuters reported.

Bemba's acquittal is also a blow to Congo's President Joseph Kabila.

Frustration is rising in Congo against Kabila as the presidential election has been delayed since late 2016. He was captured and transferred to the court while living in exile in Brussels in July 2008.

Justify Wins Belmont Stakes to Claim Triple Crown
The chestnut colt is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and was ridden to victory by veteran jockey Mike Smith . He's sent from heaven". "I was going to bring four ( horses ) but I didn't want to buck those odds of, like a year ago".

Prosecutors, meanwhile, have appealed his sentence, urging judges to raise it to 25 years.

He lost a separate appeal against that bribery conviction.

Trump meets Kim Jong Un in Singapore
Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news , video, and analysis from ABC News. But he did not address human rights issues when he met with Kim's top aide, Kim Yong-cho.

Related News:

  • Microsoft establishes new studio The Initiative

    After Halo 5: Forge brought the game's map-building tools to keyboard and mouse users, an entire port is a logical next step. Microsoft has just kicked off its E3 press conference in Los Angeles with a first trailer for Halo: Infinite .
    Man dies after being stabbed in the neck on Japanese bullet train

    Man dies after being stabbed in the neck on Japanese bullet train

    A passenger eventually called the police, saying there was a knife-wielding person on board and that people were bleeding. The attack occurred in vehicle No. 12 of the 16-car train, which was carrying some 880 passengers.
    North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

    North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

    What did the secretary of state say? Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year. Lee has said the summit would cost Singapore about S$20 million ($15 million), more than half of which would go on security.
  • 'Fallout 76' is an online survival game

    However, Howard classified Fallout 76 as "softcore" survival, where dying doesn't mean the loss of your character or progression. There'll be a balance between aggressive players and those who don't want to deal with PvP too much.
    A look at the events leading up to Canada vs. US battle

    A look at the events leading up to Canada vs. US battle

    He added, "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around". Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to U.S. security.
    EA shows off Battlefield V, Anthem, and Sports games at E3

    EA shows off Battlefield V, Anthem, and Sports games at E3

    As for the release date, the game is usually scheduled on October 19 but the developer hinted that it could be delayed. We are given a quick walk through of a four player mission and it looks colourful, diverse and absolutely gorgeous.
  • Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight

    Joshua, 28, won his first world title in 2016 and has made five defenses, taking his record to 21-0 with 20 knockouts. Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel later told ESPN they had officially accepted terms to a fight in the UK.
    Big Boy Toys! Elon Musk's Flamethrowers Are Now Available

    Big Boy Toys! Elon Musk's Flamethrowers Are Now Available

    Musk replied to him: "We don't think our product will be the cause of any wildfires, but The Boring Company is donating $10k". The most eager customers can forgo the bidding process and pay the eBay "buy it now price", which is as high as $20,000.
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey release date leaked

    Assassin's Creed Odyssey release date leaked

    Ubisoft have revealed Assassin's Creed Odyssey will be released October 5 in a new gameplay trailer . What we didn't expect to see from this game is an evil Jade , right by the end of it.
  • Donald Trump Reveals Larry Kudlow Suffered a Heart Attack

    Donald Trump Reveals Larry Kudlow Suffered a Heart Attack

    Costa reports that Kudlow is "up and talking" and had spoken on the phone with his friend, the economist Art Laffer. Kudlow joined Trump's administration as the president's top economic adviser in March, replacing Gary Cohn .
    Trump meets Kim in landmark Singapore summit

    Trump meets Kim in landmark Singapore summit

    Following their meeting, President Trump will hold a media availability with reporters as Kim Jong Un departs back to North Korea. With Trump, however, Rodman said, things changed because he understood that people of North Korea have a heart and a soul.
    Canada rallies to Trudeau after Trump's insult

    Canada rallies to Trudeau after Trump's insult

    According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!). In a series of tweets, the U.S. president called him "very dishonest and weak " and accused him of making false statements .


Most liked

New Tesla software to offer 'full' autonomy, Musk says
And we think that is enough time for the tech-maverick Elon Musk to figure out how those 10 rockets will blend into the vehicle . As to the benefits, Musk noted that "these rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering".

Trump, Kim pile on charm at summit, but no word on progress
North Korea signed onto a goal of "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula in an April 27 declaration with South Korea. Shanmugam said that four people have been turned away at Singapore's immigration checkpoints in the lead-up to the summit.

The Division 2 Gets Extended Gameplay Stream After Ubisoft E3 Conference
The Division 2 will be set in Washington, DC., a predictable but welcomed change from the snowy New York City streets. Each Specialization, like sharpshooter, demolitionist, or survivalist, comes with its own progression path.

Nadal moves to Open final
The men's showpiece match between Nadal and Thiem takes place on Court Philippe-Chatrier and starts at 2pm (UK time ). Rafael Nadal thrashed Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets on Friday to storm into his 11th French Open final.

'F--- TRUMP': Robert De Niro bleeped at Tony Awards
Shalhoub thanked his immigrant father, and said he hopes "we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us". Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall.

Reds launch stunning £57m bid for Brazil No 1 Alisson
The Roma stopper has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid following an excellent season for the Champions League semi-finalists.

Kim Jong-un and Trump Meet in Singapore for Historic Summit
President Donald Trump met and shook hands Tuesday morning in Singapore before the first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit. The key will be whether the two leaders can narrow their differences over the definition of denuclearization.

IHOP changes name to IHOB, internet has a lot of fun
More Money: McDonald's: You buy more from touch-screen kiosks than a person. "We are definitely going to be IHOP ". Everyone's default theory was that the "B" didn't stand for a particular dish at all, but instead to "Breakfast".

Air Force deserter captured using a fake ID
In Jan. 1984, Hughes' sister, Christine Hughes, told the Associated Press that the family believed Hughes had been abducted. Nobody answered the doorbell at the home where Hughes lived, on a street of identical grey, 2-storey townhouses.

Morgan admits England deserve to lose after shock defeat to Scotland
Asked if the Scotland defeat exposed some cracks in England's bowling attack, Agar added: "Potentially. We've prepared really nicely with our last couple of practice games so we've got good momentum".

Apple's App Store To Host New Support For Cryptocurrencies
Four years ago, Apple removed every single bitcoin wallet application on its App Store, including popular wallet app Blockchain . Apple has revealed its revised guidelines in a dedicated section for iOS and MacOS apps centered on the cryptocurrency space.

Kingdom Hearts III Getting Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro
Kingdom Hearts III has been all over E3 2018 , and it's shown up once more for Sony's press conference. Square Enix will reveal more details about this game on August so stay tuned for more.

Over 600 homes destroyed by Hawaii volcano eruption
Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii , June 5, 2018. Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created almost a mile of new land.

Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics
Several states including NY and Washington , have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level. Senate Democrats forced a vote to restore net neutrality through the Congressional Review Act in May.

Trump to speak after historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa. Both leaders were greeted on arrival by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan .