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BBC Africa/, Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
The Central African Republic
The Central African Republic

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-The Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) says the acquittal and release of former DR Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba is a failure of international justice.

Bemba was released from prison in Belgium yesterday after being acquitted of war crimes committed in CAR during 2002-3 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last Friday.

The ICC has since been forced to say “there was no political agenda” or conspiracy behind Bemba’s release.

Patrick Tshibuyi, who is in charge of ICC outreach in DR Congo, said the court had acted within its "legal framework".

He said the fact that Bemba had served more than 80% of his maximum possible sentence; the chamber considered it was disproportional to continue his detention.

Reports say Bemba could be considering a presidential bid in DR Congo’s election due in December.

He lost a 2006 run-off to incumbent Joseph Kabila, who is barred from seeking re-election.

 


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