Bemba can return to DRC ‘if he wants’: govt

DRC- Former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba “can return” home if he wants to, following his acquittal on appeal of war crimes, Kinshasa said on Sunday.

Leonard She Okitundu foreign minister however did not say whether the one-time rebel leader will face prosecution by DRC authorities.

Okitundu spoke to ‘Internationales” television program, “Jean-Pierre Bemba left of his own will. If he wants to return, he can return,”

“I am not able to answer you. I have not been informed that Jean-Pierre Bemba has a judicial record here,” referring to a possible arrest warrant he said.

Bemba has spent 10 years in behind bars in Beligum and was “released provisionally under specific conditions,” the Hague-based International Criminal Court said on Friday.

Bemba appealed his conviction of war crimes and in a suprise decision where appeal judges last week overturned his 2016 verdict, quashed his 18-year prison sentence. Their justified their decision as saying Bemba could not be held criminally liable for crimes committed by his troops in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003.

Bemba was found guilty on five counts of warcrimes and crimes against humanity committed by his private army during a five-month rampage in the neighbouring CAR, his troops would commit murder, rape and looting.

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