Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court has ruled that Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (the former Congolese Vice-President accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic) must remain in custody pending his trial.
Last month the Pre-Trial Chamber ordered temporary release under conditions, finding that his continued detention was not necessary to guarantee that he appear at trial. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo appealed that order, stressing that Mr. Bemba is a flight risk and that he may harm witnesses involved in his trial.
The Appeals Chamber granted suspensive effect to the Prosecutor’s appeal, meaning that Mr. Bemba’s will remain in custody.
Click here to read more from the ICC website (which has further links to relevant documents).