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DR Congo's former VP Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes

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By Euronews
DR Congo's former VP Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes

<p>In what is being described as a historic decision, the International Criminal Court (<span class="caps">ICC</span>) has found the Democratic Republic of Congo’s former vice president guilty of war crimes. </p> <p>Judges said Jean-Pierre Benba allowed his militia to commit atrocities against civilians, and found him guilty of rape, murder and pillage during a 2001-2002 conflict in the Central African Republic. </p> <p>It’s the <span class="caps">ICC</span>’s first conviction for rape as a weapon of war, making the ruling hugely significant.</p>