Marking final chapter of a trial ongoing since November 2010, the International Criminal Court issued a guilty verdict against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba. Bemba was found guilty of crimes against humanity, including murder and rape, in the Central African Republic in 2003. He is the most senior political leader to face judgments at the ICC, and the first convicted of rape as a war crime and crime against humanity. Dr. Aaron Matta spoke with VOA News about the judgement.
“This is a historical verdict. It’s the first time a high-ranking military commander is tried and found guilty of command responsibility at the ICC, particularly considering the fact that [Bemba] failed to take action in order to stop the crimes from being committed.”
Dr. Aaron Matta, senior researcher with the Rule of Law Program