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 defense case manager Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo was a liaison between Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo and lead defense counsel Aimé Kilolo Musamba in a scheme, devised by Mr. Bemba, to transfer financial compensation to defense witnesses in exchange for 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 2011 to November 14, 2013, Mr. Mangenda, as alleged by the OTP, relayed messages between Mr. Bemba and Mr. Kilolo with regard to contacting and scheduling witnesses, coaching of testimonies of witnesses, and transfer of money to witnesses. Mr. Mangenda also made proposals with regard to strategies to be pursued in the defense of Mr. Bemba.
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The Accused is charged with committing the crimes listed below as an individual, jointly with another or through another person, under Article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute, and with aiding, abetting, or otherwise assisting in the commission of these crimes under Article 25(3)(c).
Under these two modes 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 Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo on November 20, 2013, which was unsealed on November 28, 2013. Mr. Mangenda entered ICC custody on December 4, 2013. Charges were confirmed against Mr. Mangenda on November 11, 2014. His trial opened on September 29, 2015.
- Initial Appearance : December 5, 2013
Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment. The time that Mr. Mangenda spent previously in detention was deducted. The Chamber ordered the suspension of the operation of the remaining term of imprisonment for a period of 3 years so that the sentence shall not take effect unless during that period Mr. Mangenda commits another offence anywhere that is punishable with imprisonment.Sentencing : March 22, 2017