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Bemba, 53, in March became the first person to be convicted by the global war crimes court of crimes of sexual violence in war, as well as the first to be held directly responsible for his subordinates’ crimes.
The former rebel leader was found guilty on March 21 on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by his private army, the Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC).
Bemba sent the MLC into the neighbouring Central African Republic from October 2002 to March 2003 to put down a coup against then-president Ange-Felix Patasse.
In their March verdict, judges found Bemba turned a blind eye to a reign of terror by some 1,500 of his troops.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP)
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