On Tuesday 21st June 2016, Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and leader of the Rebel Group Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (MLC) to 18 years’ imprisonment. Bemba has been in ICC detention since 24 May 2008. In accordance with the court order, the time he has spent in detention will be deducted from his sentence.
Mr Bemba’s sentence for the offences below will run concurrently:
– Murder as a war crime: 16 years of imprisonment;
– Murder as a crime against humanity: 16 years of imprisonment;
– Rape as a war crime: 18 years of imprisonment;
– Rape as a crime against humanity: 18 years of imprisonment; and
– Pillaging as a war crime: 16 years of imprisonment.