Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
Supporters of Congo's Jean-Pierre Bemba Say He's Not a Criminal

Previous article | Next
VOA News - May 27, 2008

Butty interview with Mika - Download (MP3) audio clip
Butty interview with Mika - Listen (MP3) audio clip

Supporters of former presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba have accused the International Criminal Court of

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, supporters of former presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba have accused the International Criminal Court of "politicizing Bemba's arrest. Belgian officials arrested 45-year-old Bemba late Saturday in a Brussels suburb on four charges of war crimes and two crimes against humanity.

In 2002, Bemba's Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) was asked by then President Ange-Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic to help put down a coup attempt. But once that was achieved, the one thousand strong MLC force was accused of installing a reign of terror.

Nadia Mika is the wife of Mika Pere Perry, inspector of Kinshasa for Bemba's former MLC. Interpreting for her husband, she told VOA that Bemba supporters are planning a nation-wide protest Tuesday to show that he is not a criminal. 

?The MLC, they maintain their position. They say that Mr. Bemba is still the leader for the opposition, and they are going to walk all over the country, in Kinshasa, Equator, Lumumbashi. First of all they are going to protest because the Belgium government cannot arrest a senator because Mr. Bemba is a senator, and the International Penal Court cannot arrest also a senator because Mr. Bemba does make crime. That's why they are going to protest tomorrow,? she said.               

Belgian officials arrested 45-year-old Bemba late Saturday in a Brussels suburb on four charges of war crimes and two crimes against humanity

But Perry said the International Criminal Court and the Belgium government were politicizing Mr. Bemba's arrest.       

?All the charges are not true, and people from the MLC are going to go to England and in America, and they are going to explain that Mr. Bemba is not a criminal,? Perry said.       

She said then Central African Republic President Ange-Felix Patasse should have been the on arrested and not Bemba.

?First of all, they made a judgment in 2002 about all the crimes, and the report was sent to the United Nations. Twelve soldiers who made the crime were sent by the president of Central Africa to do rebellion with Mr. Bemba in 2002. And those 12 soldiers make crime, and I think today they are in jail. If somebody made any crime, it is the President of Central Africa Republic because he sent those soldiers,? she said.

Perry reiterated that Mr. Bemba had nothing to do with committing crimes in the Central African Republic.

?Mr. Bemba had nothing to do with it, and the person who sent those soldiers knows why they made the crime. The person who they must arrest is the President of Central African Republic,? she said.

Perry said the protests which are to begin Tuesday would continue until Belgian authorities release Mr. Bemba


Related articles


  1. ICC Case Against Bemba Wrapping Up as Another Opens (November 12, 2014)
  2. Kerry in DR Congo for Security Talks (May 3, 2014)
  3. Regional Leaders Sign DR Congo Peace Deal (February 24, 2013)
  4. LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony target of viral campaign video (March 7, 2012)
  5. UN, AU vow to eradicate Ugandan rebel group LRA in 2012 (January 5, 2012)
  6. Obama Sends Troops to Help Fight the LRA (October 14, 2011)
  7. Jean-Pierre Bemba Could Be Kingmaker in DR Congo Presidential Election (September 30, 2011)
  8. UN envoy tells Security Council of improving security, remaining threats (June 9, 2011)
  9. Rights Groups: Strengthen Civilian Protection Before Elections (June 9, 2011)
  10. Opposition Party Ousts Leader Ahead of Elections (April 21, 2011)
  11. Great Lakes Regional Summit to Focus on Congo Resource Exploitation (December 15, 2010)
  12. US President Barack Obama outlines plan to defeat Ugandan LRA rebels (November 25, 2010)
  13. Bemba Supporters Say War Crimes Trial is Political (November 23, 2010)
  14. Jean-Pierre Bemba War Crimes Trial Begins Monday (November 21, 2010)
  15. ICC: Ruling on the detention of Jean-Pierre Bemba to be reviewed (November 19, 2010)
  16. ICC Dismisses Jean-Pierre Bemba's Appeal on Admissibility of His Case (October 19, 2010)
  17. Four African nations crack down on LRA (October 16, 2010)
  18. LRA: UNHCR relocates 1,500 refugees from CAR to the DRC (August 24, 2010)
  19. Report: Uganda LRA rebels 'on massive forced recruitment drive' (August 12, 2010)
  20. ICC: Jean-Pierre Bemba trial postponed (July 7, 2010)
  21. Report Says Uganda's Elusive LRA Rebel Almost Caught Last Year (June 24, 2010)
  22. The ICC signs enforcement agreements with Belgium, Denmark, and Finland (June 1, 2010)
  23. U.S. Official Sees Improvement in Africa's Great Lakes Region (May 26, 2010)
  24. Great Lakes regional body calls for free, fair elections in member states (May 23, 2010)
  25. Great Lakes states meet in Uganda over conflict minerals (May 23, 2010)
  26. Behind Human Rights Watch Report on LRA, a Plea for MONUC to Remain in the Congo (March 29, 2010)
  27. New strategy needed against LRA in DR Congo, says UN chief (March 28, 2010)
  28. Reports That LRA's Kony is Hiding in Darfur Alarm South Sudan (March 19, 2010)
  29. ICC: Jean-Pierre Bemba trial postponed (March 8, 2010)
  30. First set of UN troops could leave DR Congo by late June (March 6, 2010)


Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio


Make CongoPlanet.com Your Home Page | Contact Us | About Us | ╔dition en Franšais | French Edition

© 2018 CongoPlanet.com. All rights reserved.