Tuesday, June 3, 2008

International Criminal Court arrests first politician

Human Rights Watch story: ICC: Congo’s Former Vice-President Arrested

Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was arrested on May 24 by Belgian police acting on an ICC arrest warrant. Bemba is the former Vice-President of the Congo and currently the leader of Congo's leading opposition party, Mouvement du Libération du Congo (MLC). In his role as leader of the MLC the ICC alleges he is responsible for war crimes and other crimes against humanity.

This arrest marks the first time a high ranking government official has been arrested by the ICC. This is a giant, but by itself insufficient, step in the advancement of the rule of law.

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