Bemba Seeks $77 Million in Compensation from the International Criminal Court

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Michael Plachta

On March 8, 2019, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former vice president and rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), submitted a brief at the Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking €68.6 million. Specifically, he demands: (i) a sum of not less than €12 million for the period of his detention; (ii) a further sum of €10 million by way of aggravated damages; (iii) €4.2 million for his legal costs; and (iv) a sum not less than €42.4 million for damage to his property. To put it is a perspective: it is more than a third of the Court’s annual budget. This case is only the third claim to have been made under Article 85 of the Rome Statute, only the second to have been made following the acquittal of an accused, and the first to have been based substantially on losses consequent to the claimant’s arrest and detention and/or caused by the misfeasance of the court in managing an accused’s frozen assets.