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by Wakabi Wairagala

Trial judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have suspended for three weeks the deadlines for filing of pending submissions by parties and participants in the ongoing trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba. The period coincides with the winter recess of the ICC that falls between December 14, 2013 and January 5, 2014. Furthermore, Mr. Bemba’s defense ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have granted a request by war crimes accused Jean-Pierre Bemba for Peter Haynes to act as lead counsel in his ongoing war crimes trial. The English lawyer was until last month the co-counsel while Aimé Kilolo-Musamba, who is now faced with witness and evidence tampering charges, was lead counsel. In ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, a member of the defense team in the ongoing trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba, on Thursday made his initial appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on allegations of witness and evidence tampering. Mr. Kabongo, who has been case manager for Mr. Bemba’s defense, confirmed his identity and added: “I have understood the ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

Aimé Kilolo-Musamba, who until last month was the lead counsel to Jean-Pierre Bemba, has protested the terms under which he and the former vice president of Congo are being held by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Scheveningen detention center in The Hague. Mr. Kilolo was arrested on November 23 on allegations of forging ... Continue reading

by Olivia Bueno

Dear readers – please find below a commentary written by Olivia Bueno at the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) in consultation with Congolese activists.  The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of IRRI or of the Open Society Justice Initiative. In the early morning hours of  November 24, ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

A day after his initial appearance over fresh charges of presenting forged evidence and “ordering, soliciting or inducing his associates to pay money to court witnesses,” Jean-Pierre Bemba was back in the court room to discuss how the new charges and the arrest of two senior members of his defense team would affect his ongoing ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

Today, Jean-Pierre Bemba made a first appearance before a pre-trial judge to face new charges of witness tampering. He appeared together with Aimé Kilolo-Musamba, the lead counsel in his ongoing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and Fidèle Babala Wandu, a member of the Congolese parliament. The accused denied the charges and expressed surprise ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

Judges in the ongoing trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have rejected an application by defense lawyers to extend the deadline for presentation of evidence to December 15, 2013. This ruling means that two outstanding defense witnesses will not give evidence. In a November 19, 2013 decision, judges Sylvia Steiner, Joyce ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

One of the two lead lawyers defending Jean-Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been arrested on charges of witness tampering. Aimé Kilolo-Musamba, who has been a leading member of the Congolese leader’s defense team since the start of his trial, was arrested in Belgium over the weekend. A press release from the ... Continue reading

by Wakabi Wairagala

Today, a witness called by judges continued to give all his evidence in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba in closed session. ‘Witness CHM-01′ is testifying by way of video link from an unknown location. This witness is one of two individuals that judges requested to testify in Mr. Bemba’s trial pursuant to Article 64 and ... Continue reading


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