On 21 March, the International Criminal Court delivered a landmark verdict against former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bemba was found to be criminally responsible for the crimes against humanity of murder and rape, and the war crimes of murder, rape, and pillaging committed by his forces in 2002 and 2003, when he was commander-in-chief of the Movement for Liberation of Congo (MLC). Dr. Aaron Matta commented a few days earlier on the deterrent factor of a guilty verdict and its contribution to the promotion of peace in the region.
“Impunity will not go unpunished and even if it takes a considerable period of time, the ICC can eventually get to the perpetrators”
Dr. Aaron Matta, Senior Researcher in the Rule of Law Program