International court orders former Congo vice president to be tried for murder, rape, pillage

Congo vice president to stand trial at Hague court

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court has ordered former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba to stand trial on charges of commanding a militia that unleashed a campaign of murder, rape and pillage in the Central African Republic.

However, a pretrial panel says there is insufficient evidence to support charges of torture and causing outrages on personal dignity.

No trial date was set in Monday’s order, which followed an evidentiary hearing in January.

Bemba was arrested in May 2008 in Belgium and transferred to the court in July.

He is accused of commanding troops responsible for atrocities during the civil war in Central African Republic in 2002-2003 after President Ange-Felix Patasse appealed for help fending off a coup.

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