Top DR Congo court excludes Bemba from presidential race
The Democratic Republic of Congo's highest court on Monday ended former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's bid to stand in this year's presidential election, upholding an earlier ban imposed on him for bribing witnesses.
25 line up for DR Congo presidency
Three opposition heavyweights, a 92-year-old ally of an independence hero and the president's chosen successor are among 25 candidates who have registered to run in the Democratic Republic of Congo's long-awaited elections. Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a former interior minister named by the government on Wednesday as the ruling coalition candidate, was listed as an independent,…
DRC's Bemba to return to Europe after filing presidential bid
Ex-rebel DR Congo leader Jean-Pierre Bemba will head back to Europe after returning to the African country this week to launch his bid for the presidency in December's long-delayed elections, a leader of his party said Saturday. The former DRC vice president arrived in the capital Kinshasa on Wednesday after 11 years abroad -- a…
Heavy security as DR Congo ex-warlord 'heads home' to contest vote
Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo said he was headed Wednesday for Kinshasa to throw his hat into the ring for a December presidential election after spending 11 years abroad -- most of them behind bars.
Bemba 'tainted evidence' row flares into open at ICC
A bitter dispute at the world's only permanent war crimes court over Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba flared back into the open Wednesday, as prosecutors alleged his surprise acquittal was based on tainted evidence.
ICC judges 'prejudiced' say lawyers for DR Congo's Bemba
Lawyers for former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba Tuesday slammed his conviction for war crimes, accusing judges of "prejudice" and calling for the judgement to be scrapped.
ICC jails ex-Congo VP for a year for bribing witnesses
War crimes judges on Wednesday sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to one year imprisonment for bribing witnesses in his main trial, and ordered he pay a 300,000 euro fine. "The chamber imposes on you an additional 12 months, one year imprisonment," presiding judge Bertram Schmitt told Bemba. He added it must be served…
Ex-Congo VP and aides face verdict in bribery trial
Judges will Wednesday deliver their verdict against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four close aides accused of bribing witnesses in a bid to derail his landmark war crimes trial.
ICC sentences DRC’s ex-VP Bemba to 18 years in prison
Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for rape and pillage committed by his troops ...