Media Advisory: 18 May 2018

Bemba case: Appeals Chamber to issue appeals judgments on verdict and sentence on 8 June 2018

Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo in the ICC courtroom during the delivery of his verdict on 21 March 2016. © ICC-CPI

On 8 June 2018 at 16:00 (The Hague local time), the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold a public hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands) to deliver its judgments on the appeals against the verdict and the sentence in the case.

The Appeals Chamber in this appeal is composed of Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, Presiding Judge, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, Judge Sanji Monageng, Judge Howard Morrison, and Judge Piotr Hofmański.

Scheduling Order for delivery of judgments on the appeal of Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo against the "Judgment pursuant to Article 74 of the Statute" and on the appeals of the Prosecutor and Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo against the "Decision on Sentence pursuant to Article 76 of the Statute"

Background: On 21 March 2016, Trial Chamber III declared Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo guilty beyond any reasonable doubt as a military commander responsible for two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape, and pillaging) committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003. On 21 June 2016, Trial Chamber III sentenced Mr Bemba to 18 years of imprisonment. Following these decisions, Mr Bemba appealed both the verdict and the sentence and the Prosecutor appealed the sentence.

For further information on the case, click here

Webstreaming of the hearing

The hearing can be followed live on the ICC website at:

Attending the hearing

  • Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public can request attendance via email to: [email protected]. Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).
  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearing can request accreditation via email to: [email protected]. All journalists must present a valid press card, and a valid passport or valid ID with a photo, at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).

Please note that individuals who do not confirm their attendance in advance cannot be guaranteed access to the hearing. In order to avoid delays in accessing the building, those attending are advised to arrive one hour before the hearing starts.

ICC Media Centre

For media representatives wishing to use the Court's media facilities, the Media Centre will open at 08:30. The ICC Media Centre is located in the building's 'Court Tower'. It is composed of hot desk areas, which can sit up to 104 people, and two interview rooms. The Media Centre distributes the video and embedded audio of the hearing, via HD-SDI with a female BNC connection. Journalists wishing to connect to this should bring compatible equipment and a BNC cable. Power is provided (European plug). Wi-Fi connection is available in the Media Centre.

AV materials

Filming or photography is strictly prohibited inside the Court building, apart from the interview rooms and the Media Centre area.

Images of the hearing will be available for download in video (MPEG-4) and audio (MPEG-3) format.

Parking facilities

Media representatives can use the ICC's Visitor Parking.

SNG vehicles

The ICC Parking includes an area for SNG vehicles. BNC connections are available and the video format is HD-SDI with embedded Audio (8 dual mono pairs): Channel 1 – Floor language (international audio); Channel 2 - English interpretation; Channel 3 - French interpretation; Channel 4 - 8 - Other languages, or if no interpretation then Floor language will be sent.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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