Allegations & Charges
This case arises from the Accused’s actions in connection with the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, in which Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was charged, tried, and convicted of crimes against humanity (murder, rape) and war crimes (murder, rape, and pillaging) at the ICC.
The ICC Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) alleges that Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo’s former primary political advisor Fidèle Babala Wandu participated in a scheme, devised by Mr. Bemba, to transfer financial compensation to defense witnesses in exchange for false evidence (false testimony and false or forged documents*) favorable to the defense of Mr. Bemba in the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. (*Pre-Trial Chamber II declined to confirm the charge of false or forged documents.)
From 2012 to November 14, 2013, Mr. Babala, as alleged by the OTP, following conversations with Mr. Bemba, made transfers of money to defense witnesses. Mr. Babala personally and through his chauffeur also made transfers of money to lead defense counsel Aimé Kilolo Musamba and defense case manager Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo.
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The Accused is alleged to have aided and abetted, or otherwise assisted in, the commission of the crimes listed below under Article 25(3)(c) of the Rome Statute.
Under this mode of criminal liability, the Accused is charged with the following crimes:
Giving False Testimony in Court (Offense against the Administration of Justice): Article 70(1)(a)
Presenting False Evidence (Offense against the Administration of Justice): Article 70(1)(b)
Corruptly Influencing Witnesses (Offense against the Administration of Justice): Article 70(1)(c)
Pre-Trial Chamber II issued a sealed arrest warrant for Fidèle Babala Wandu on November 20, 2013, which was unsealed on November 28, 2013. Mr. Babala entered ICC custody on November 25, 2013. Charges against Mr. Babala were confirmed on November 11, 2014. His trial opened on September 29, 2015.
- Initial Appearance : November 27, 2013
Fidèle Babala Wandu was sentenced in total to 6 months’ imprisonment. The time Mr. Babala spent previously in detention was deducted. Since the imposed sentence is less than the period of time Mr. Babala spent in custody, the Chamber considered the sentence of imprisonment as served.Sentencing : March 22, 2017