U.S welcomes ICC verdict on Jean-Pierre Bemba

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The United States has welcomed the International Criminal Court’s verdict on Jean-Pierre Bemba, which found him guilty of offenses against the administration of justice.

Bemba was found guilty earlier this year of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and jailed for 18 years.

The ICC on Wednesday ruled that he had corruptly influenced defence witnesses and also falsified evidence in his trial.

The U.S Department of State released a statement welcoming the verdict.

“The United States welcomes the delivery of this week’s verdict by a panel of judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), which found Jean-Pierre Bemba and four associates guilty of offenses against the administration of justice,” the statement read.

Bemba was convicted in March of crimes committed in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003. He was accused of failing to stop his rebel forces from killing and raping people.

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