DR Congo court rules Bemba out presidential race

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s highest court on Monday ended former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba’s bid to stand in this year’s presidential election, upholding an earlier ban imposed on him for bribing witnesses.

“The constitutional court… confirms the ineligibility of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for suborning witnesses by resorting to bribery,” said the court’s president, announcing the ruling.

Next month the international court in The Hague will sentence former vice president Bemba for bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial.

Bemba, a former vice president and warlord, finished second to President Joseph Kabila in a 2006 election that sparked deadly clashes between Bemba’s supporters and state troops in the streets of the capital Kinshasa.

AFP/Reuters

 

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