In a Jeune Afrique publication appeared yesterday, March 11, the former Congolese Vice President, acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity" after more than a decade in detention, claimed more than 68 million euros in compensation, according to his lawyer.
"The purpose of this demand is to try to repair part of the harm done to man (Jean-Pierre Bemba) and his family by his arrest, detention and the acts of the Court and certain State Parties," said Peter Haynes, lawyer of Jean-PierreBemba, in a document sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday, March 11.
"At least 12 million euros for his detention"
"An innocent man has lost years of his life," he said. "Of course, the House cannot go back and give back these years. The only remedy it can provide is financial compensation", his lawyer added. Jean-Pierre Bemba's defense asked the ICC to order the payment of" at least 12 million euros for the duration of the detention. 10 million of euro for aggravated damages, 4.2 million euro for litigation costs and an amount of at least 42,4 million euro for property damage, such as the freezing of his assets.
Jean-Pierre Bemba spent more than a decade in detention after being sentenced in first instance in 2016, and was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murders, rapes and looting of Central Africa by his militia between October 2002 and March 2003. But on June 8, 2018, the chamber of The appeal overturned the heavier sentence of imprisonment handed down by the ICC, acquitting him of all the charges against him in this trial. The claim for compensation made by the former warlord's lawyers is a first for the ICC.