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DRC: War crimes trial to start

2009-11-06 09:52

The Hague - The war crimes trial of former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president and ex-rebel Jean-Pierre Bemba will start on April 27, the International Criminal Court said Thursday.

"The International Criminal Court set the date for the commencement of the trial... as Tuesday April 27, 2010," said a court statement.

Bemba, 47, stands accused of three charges of war crimes and two of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) from October 2002 to March 2003.

He will stand trial for acts of murder, rape and pillaging allegedly committed by members of his Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) while helping troops of then CAR president Ange-Felix Patasse fight off a coup bid.