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

Appeals Chamber
  1. Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, Presiding Judge
  2. Judge Sanji Monageng
  3. Judge Howard Morrison
  4. Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji
  5. Judge Piotr Hofmański
Who else is involved?
Representation of the Office of the Prosecutor

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor
James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor

Helen Brady, Senior Trial Lawyer

Defence Counsel

Peter Haynes, Lead Counsel
Kate Gibson, Associate Counsel ​​
Kai Ambos, Associate Counsel

Legal Representatives of the Victims
Marie Edith Douzima-Lawson ​
Office of Public Counsel for Victims
Next Session
  1. No upcoming hearings

Print case information sheet (PDF, 1 MB)



Cases CSS


Ask the Court