ICC will decide its sentence against Jean-Pierre Bemba on March 21, 2016. (AFP photo)
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Defense lawyers Monday sought to mitigate the sentence being weighed against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, convicted in March of a slew of war crimes in the Central African Republic.A chilling series of rapes, murders and atrocities were committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) between October 2002 to March 2003 by troops from Bemba's Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC).After a lengthy trial which opened in November 2010, the judges found Bemba had retained "effective command and control" over the 1,500 MLC troops he sent to CAR to quell an attempted coup against then president Ange-Felix Patasse.A wealthy businessman-turned-warlord, Bemba became one of four vice presidents in the transitional government of Congo President Joseph Kabila.
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