BEMBA TO BE SENTENCED FOR BRIBING WITNESSES


The former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, is due to be sentenced later today by international judges for bribing witnesses during an earlier war crimes trial.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague acquitted the one-time rebel leader three months ago for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
But a second legal case has continued to disrupt his ambition to stand as a presidential candidate in DR Congo.
He’s been found guilty of bribery, corruption and of coaching 14 defence witnesses at his original trial.
In response, the Constitutional Court in Kinshasa ruled that Bemba was ineligible to run in December’s presidential poll.
He has already spent a decade behind bars during his trial and is unlikely to serve any more time.
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