International court convicts Congo's ex-vice president of murder, rape and pillage

March 21, 2016 2:28 PM

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The International Criminal Court has convicted a former Congolese vice president of murder, rape and pillage for commanding troops who committed widespread atrocities in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003.

The conviction Monday of Jean-Pierre Bemba marked the first time the court has convicted a suspect based on his role as a military commander. It also was the first judgment focusing on a brutal campaign of rape by troops in an armed conflict.

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