France takes note of the verdict delivered yesterday by the International Criminal Court in the case of former leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba, convicted of three counts of war crimes and two counts of crimes against humanity, relating to the murder, looting and rape committed by his troops in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003 in support of CAR President Ange-Felix Patassé’s regime.
Decisions regarding sentencing and compensation for victims will be issued later.
This is the first decision by the ICC establishing the criminal responsibility of military commanders for crimes committed by their troops in a third country.
France reaffirms its commitment to the fight against impunity everywhere and its support for the International Criminal Court. It underscores the importance for states to cooperate with the ICC.