Defence lawyers seek shorter war crimes sentence for DR Congo's Bemba

16 May 2016 - 16:27 By AFP

Defence lawyers Monday sought to mitigate the sentence being weighed against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, convicted in March of a slew of war crimes in the Central African Republic. Bemba's case is the first before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to focus on sexual violence as a weapon of war, and the first to find a military commander to blame for the atrocities perpetrated by forces even though he did not order them.

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