Ex-VP of Congo Seeks Damages Over War Crime Convictions


Former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted on appeal for war crimes in Central African Republic, is seeking millions of euros in compensation from the International Criminal Court.

Last week, his lawyers filed an application asking judges at the global court to award Bemba a total of nearly 69 million euros (USD $77 million) for what they called a miscarriage of justice. The sum includes damages for the decade Bemba spent in jail and compensation for legal costs and losses in the value of assets frozen by the court. “Mr. Bemba’s property was left over a 10-year period to devalue, dissipate, or simply rot,” they said in a statement.

Bemba’s lawyers said that if he receives compensation from the court, money would be used to “provide reparations to the people of the Central African Republic.”

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