Congo’s ex-VP, four aides found guilty of corrupting witnesses

October 19, 2016 5:26 pm
Jean-Pierre Bemba sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague © POOL/AFP/File / Michael Kooren

, The Hague, Netherlands, Oct 19 – International judges on Wednesday found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four aides guilty of corrupting witnesses, by bribing them with money and laptops to lie during the testimony to his war crimes trial.

An election billboard for Jean-Pierre Bemba in Kinshasa on July 31, 2016 © AFP / Eduardo Soteras

The case was “about clear, and downright criminal behaviour of the five accused… that resulted in serious offences against the administration of justice,” judge Bertram Schmitt told the International Criminal Court as handed down the verdict.

“No legal system in the world can accept the bribing of witnesses, the inducement of witnesses to lie or the coaching of witnesses. Today’s judgement sends a clear message that the court is not willing to allow its proceedings to be hampered or destroyed.


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