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Rights & Wrongs: Bemba Arrested, a Report on Aid Worker Abuse, and More

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

FORMER CONGO OFFICIAL ARRESTED ON ICC WARRANT -- Belgian authorities arrested former Democratic Republic of the Congo Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba May 24 on an International Criminal Court warrant.

Bemba is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for the actions of troops under his command in the neighboring Central African Republic in 2002-2003. Bemba's subordinates were responsible for mass rape and torture, according to human rights groups. The 45-year-old has conceded the events took place but argues he is not responsible because he did not specifically order his troops to commit the abuses. ...

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