Congo opposition leader Bemba expected back home in July

Friday June 22 2018

Jean Pierre Bemba, drc, icc

Former DR Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo at the International Criminal Crimes court room on March 21, 2016 in The Hague. The ICC acquitted Bemba on appeal on June 8, 2018. PHOTO | FILE 

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Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose war crimes convictions were quashed last month, is expected to return to Congo next month for a party congress to select a candidate for December’s presidential vote, a party spokesman said on Friday.

Bemba, a former rebel leader and vice president, left Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007 and spent the last 10 years in prison in The Hague.

He is currently free in Belgium pending a hearing on a separate conviction for witness tampering.