Congo government says Jean Pierre Bemba has the right to return home

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese politician and former warlord Jean Pierre Bemba has the right to return home once the International Criminal Court releases him, Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is seen in a court room of the ICC to hear the delivery of the judgment on charges including corruptly influencing witnesses by giving them money and instructions to provide false testimony and false evidence, in the Hague, the Netherlands, March 21, 2016.
REUTERS/JERRY LAMPEN/Pool/File PhotoThe global court on Friday overturned Bemba’s war crimes conviction and 18-year prison sentence for alleged atrocities carried out by troops under his control in neighboring Central African Republic in 2002-2003, meaning he could be released in a matter of days. “There’s not even any question over it,” Mende told Reuters by telephone.
“Do you know of any other country where a Congolese citizen is supposed to live? All Congolese are free to live in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo)” .


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