Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Congolese warlord sentenced to 18 years for war crimes

Jean-Pierre Bemba in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Story highlights

  • Bemba was convicted of murder, rape and pillaging between October 2002 and March 2003
  • Forces under his command were sent to quell a coup attempt in the Central African Republic
 Former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic.

The International Criminal Court convicted Bemba of murder, rape and pillaging between October 2002 and March 2003, when forces under his command were sent to CAR to quell a coup attempt.

The court found the crimes "to be of serous gravity," noting that some of the rapes were committed "against particularly defenseless victims" and "with particular cruelty."
"The arrest, conviction and sentencing of Jean-Pierre Bemba sends out a strong signal that those who commit crimes under international law will ultimately be held responsible for their crimes, " Amnesty International's Stephen Cockburn said in a statement Tuesday.

"It also sends a clear message that impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war will not be tolerated and makes clear that military commanders must take all necessary steps to prevent their subordinates from committing such heinous acts," said Cockburn, a deputy regional director for west and central Africa.

Bemba led the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (Mouvement de Libération du Congo) and became one of the Congo's four vice presidents in 2003 as part of that country's transitional government.

Prosecutors say Bemba knew that MLC forces under his authority and control were committing or about to commit war crimes.
More than 5,200 victims were authorized to participate in Bemba's trial and are eligible for reparations.

Bemba was arrested by Belgian authorities in May 2008 and surrendered to the court the next month. He was convicted on March 21 of this year of two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes.
He will get credit for the eight years he has already spent behind bars.

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Weird things that happen only in Dubai!

When hearing or talking about Dubai, the first thing which comes to our mind is their ultra-luxury lifestyle. One can talk hours about Dubai’s luxury lifestyle and not get bored.So sit back and read about these Weird Things That Happen Only in Dubai.

Police cars are grand


Forget luxury police cars, when you need to chase a runner on highway, these lambos can outrun anything on road. But what happens when the thief goes offroad? 😛

It’s raining money!

When they are happy, they make money rain 🙂

Lion as a pet

They keep Lion and tigers as their pet. We are used to see small dogs in cars, now wonder this thing pull up on a traffic light. Keep safe distance.

They are very kind too

This was in a shop in Dubai. If someone has no money, they can take 1 and eat. Kind people.

Fire spitting lambo

When gold plating is not enough, you spit fire.Happen-in-dubai13

When gold plating is not enough, you spit fire.

Riding Lions

As long as the lion is not riding on you LOL.

When in a traffic jam in Dubai.

I hear you like raining money



Suicide Bomb Blast Outside Medina Mosque

A suicide bomber has killed four security officers and wounded five others near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina.
The blast in the city - the second-holiest site in Islam - followed three explosions in Qatif and Jeddah on Monday on the penultimate day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The Al Arabiya news channel showed a fire burning in a car park near the mosque in Medina.
Four security officials were killed, according to the Saudi Interior Ministry.
A witness said a car bomb was detonated near a mosque in Qatif and was followed by a suicide bomb attack just before 7pm local time.
Qatif is heavily populated by Shia Muslims, who are a minority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
A suicide bomber had earlier set off a device near the US consulate in Jeddah, wounding two security officers.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al Turki said the attacker was spotted by security guards, and set off his device when he was approached.
No claims of responsibility for any of the attacks have been made.
Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since 2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly Shias and members of the security services.
Most of the attacks have taken place in Eastern Province, which is home to the majority of Shias in the Gulf state.
In January, a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in al Ahsa, killing four people before worshippers disarmed and tied up an accomplice who had shot at them.
In October last year, a gunman opened fire on worshippers marking the Shia commemoration of Ashura in Qatif, killing five people before he was shot dead by police.
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Like Father, Like Son! Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Love Child Is Pumped Up Like Dad


Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Joseph Baena is not only a chip off the old block, but he's pretty much a carbon copy of his famous father.


One proverbs a day keeps foolishness away!


 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.                             

Enjoy your day!