ICC convicts Congolese politician of Central African war crimes

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Posted: Mar 21, 2016 10:30 AM

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday found Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes, including murder, rape and pillage during a 2001-2002 conflict in the Central African Republic.

Judges said Bemba, a former Congo vice-president, had allowed his Movement for the Liberation of Congo militia to commit atrocities against civilians in the neighboring Central African Republic as part of their campaign in support of then-president Ange-Felix Patasse.

(Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Angus MacSwan)