Bemba Case
The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

Found guilty, on 21 March 2016, of two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape, and pillaging). The crimes were committed in Central African Republic ("CAR") from on or about 26 October 2002 to 15 March 2003 ("2002-2003 CAR Operation") by a contingent of Mouvement de Libération du Congo ("MLC") troops. Mr Bemba was a person effectively acting as a military commander with effective authority and control over the forces that committed the crimes. Sentenced, on 21 June 2016, to 18 years of imprisonment.

Next steps: appeals and victims' reparations

Case information sheet: English, Français

Trial Chamber III
  1. Judge Joyce Aluoch, Presiding Judge
  2. Judge Geoffrey Henderson
  3. Judge Chang-ho Chung
Who else is involved?
Representation of the Office of the Prosecutor

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor
James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor
Jean-Jacques Badibanga, Senior Trial Lawyer ​

Defence Counsel

Peter Haynes, Lead Counsel
Kate Gibson, Associate Counsel ​

Legal Representatives of the Victims

Marie Edith Douzima-Lawson

Office of Public Counsel for Victims
Next Session
  1. No upcoming hearings

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