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ICC Sentences Former Congolese VP Bemba to 18 Years in Prison

The International Criminal Court has sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in prison for leading a campaign of rape and murder in neighboring Central African Republic. ICC judge Sylvia Steiner of Brazil said Bemba failed to exercise control over his private army which, in 2002 and 2003, carried out "sadistic" rapes, murders and pillaging of "particular cruelty." In March, Bemba became the first person to be convicted by the court of...

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