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Bemba war crimes conviction overturned

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The International Criminal Court in The Hague has overturned the war crimes conviction and 18-year prison sentence of DRC warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Bemba had been found guilty of a devastating campaign of rape, murder and torture by troops he sent to the Central African Republic in 2002-2003.

The court ruled he could not be held responsible for crimes carried out by troops under his control.

The acquittal is a huge blow for prosecutors who had hoped to establish a precedent that political and military officials may be held liable for the actions of their troops.