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

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DR Congo's former VP Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes
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In what is being described as a historic decision, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has found the Democratic Republic of Congo’s former vice president guilty of war crimes.

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.

It’s the ICC’s first conviction for rape as a weapon of war, making the ruling hugely significant.