He also testified that Bemba's soldiers did not carry any looted goods as they retreated back to Congo.The wife of this witness testified immediately after him, affirming that local rebels raped her, and denying knowledge of any crimes committed by Bemba's forces.In the current trial, Witness D04-29 testified as Witness D213.
The trial of Bemba, his previous lawyers Aimé Kilolo Musamba and Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Congolese legislator Fidèle Babala Wandu, and former defense witness Narcisse Arido, opened last September.
Kilolo's defense was the first to call a witness, a national of the Central African Republic (CAR), who testified for the defense in Bemba's main trial as Witness D04-29 back in August 2013.
During his two-day testimony then, he stated that rebels allied with the country's erstwhile defense chief, François Bozizé, raped his wife and committed other crimes.
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International Justice Monitor By Wairagala Wakabi March 3, 2016 Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and his four associates have started their defense in the evidence tampering trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The charges arise from alleged bribery and coaching of witnesses to provide false testimony in Bemba's main trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, in which a verdict will be delivered on March 21, 2016.
Presentation of the defense case is expected to last for a few weeks, with no more than 20 witnesses testifying.
Some defense teams have indicated they will question some of their witnesses for as few as 15 minutes, with the highest being three hours.
In other trials before the ICC, calling parties question some of their witnesses for up to 10 hours, and the same time is allocated to cross-examination of such witnesses.