ICC judges prejudiced, say ex-warlord Bemba’s lawyers
Tuesday January 9 2018
Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. AFP PHOTO
Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, 55, is appealing an 18-year jail term handed down by the International Criminal Court in June 2016 after judges found him guilty on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity
In an appeal filed before the court, Bemba’s lawyers however said the judges’ “findings on effective control fall far outside established military doctrine and practice”.
In a separate trial, Bemba was also sentenced in March last year to one year in jail and fined $357,924 for bribing witnesses during his main war crimes trial.