Prosecutors are calling for a minimum of 25 years behind bars for Bemba. If imposed, it will be the longest sentence ever handed down by the ICC.
In March this year, Bemba was found guilty of five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He’d sent 1500 troops into CAR from October 2002 to May 2003, to help prevent a coup against its then President Ange-Felix Patasse. Those troops carried out a reign of terror, which included murders and the gang rapes of men, women and children.
The ICC has come under criticism from the African Union and some African countries for turning a blind eye to atrocities committed by non-African leaders. Kenya has even threatened to withdraw from the ICC.