Bemba leaves ICC detention:

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The video was posted late on Wed­nes­day by Jama’a Nus­rat ul-Is­lam wa al-Mus­limin (JNIM), which has been linked to the kid­nap­ping of at least six Western hostages in re­cent years, SITE said in an email to clients that in­cluded a link to the video.

It shows a frail So­phie Petronin, a French aid worker who was kid­napped in Mali’s restive north­east in late 2016, be­ing cared for in a tent­like struc­ture by fel­low cap­tive Glo­ria Ce­cilia Nar­vaez, who was ab­ducted in early 2017 in south­ern Mali near the bor­der with Burk­ina Faso. (RTRS)

Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo’s for­mer vice-pres­i­dent Jean-Pierre Bemba has left the detention cen­tre of the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court fol­low­ing his ac­quit­tal of war crimes af­ter a decade be­hind bars, his lawyer said on Wed­nes­day.

The for­mer rebel com­man­der turned politi­cian “left the DU (detention unit) yes­ter­day evening,” the for­mer war­lord’s lawyer, Peter Haynes, told AFP.

He was ac­quit­ted on ap­peal last Fri­day in a sur­prise de­ci­sion, with the ICC rul­ing that he could not be held crim­i­nally li­able for crimes com­mit­ted by his troops in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic in 2002-2003. (AFP)

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