Sunday, August 16, 2009
The International Criminal Court granted the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for a conditional release until the start of his trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Mr. Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, faces charges for alleged crimes committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003, including rape, murder and pillaging. He will be released once the conditions for his release have been set and the ICC dertemines which country will take him in until his trial. The trial will take place at the ICC Building in The Hague.
The ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo stated that he would appeal the decision to grant Mr. Bemba conditional release.