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REVISITED BY THE LAW: Jean-Pierre Bemba Facing Potential New Trial For Involvement in War Crimes as Paris Court of Appeal Re-opens Roger Lumbala Case

Convicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2016, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Deputy Prime Minister of Defence and ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba could undergo once again following the Paris Court of Appeal’s decision to indict his former ally Roger Lumbala.

On Wednesday, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the indictment of Lumbala, a serial warlord and former ally of Bemba, for “complicity in crimes against humanity.”

Lumbala was arrested in France on 2nd January, 2021 for crimes including murder, torture, rape and slavery committed in the DRC between in 2002 and 2003.

Jean-Pierre Bemba who is a former close ally of Lumbala could also be cited in the case and face the international justice system once again.

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