Bemba Gombo, Jean-Pierre
After Bemba lost (2006) the presidential election to Kabila, fighting broke out (2007) between his forces and the Congolese army. Accused of treason, Bemba fled to Europe, where in 2008 he was arrested on International Criminal Court charges arising from the events in 2002 and was extradited to the Hague. He was found guilty in 2016 of crimes against humanity and war crimes, but the verdict was overturned in 2018. Bemba returned to Congo-Kinshasa and declared his candidacy for president, but was barred because of a second conviction (2016), for interfering with witnesses in his war crimes trial.
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