Mr. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, centre, in an ICC courtroom in 2010. Retrieved from (www.justiceinconflict.org)
On 2 February 2016, Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court scheduled the hearing to deliver its verdict in The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo on Monday 21 March 2016, at 14:00. The session will also be transmitted live through the ICC website.
The Chamber, composed of Judges Sylvia Steiner (Brazil), presiding, Joyce Aluoch (Kenya) and Kuniko Ozaki (Japan) will either acquit or convict the accused.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gomba, former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), alleged President and Commander-in-chief of the Mouvement de libération du Congo, is accused under articles 7 and 8 of the Rome Statute for two counts of the crimes against humanity of murder and rape, and three counts of the war crimes of murder, rape and pillaging, allegedly committed by his subordinates in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003.
The trial started on 22 November 2010 and completed on 13 November 2014.