June 22, 2018 / 8:37 AM / a year ago

Congo opposition leader Bemba expected back home in July

Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is seen in a court room of the ICC in the Hague, the Netherlands, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/JERRY LAMPEN/Pool/File Photo

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose war crimes convictions were quashed last month, is expected to return to Congo next month for a party congress to select a candidate for December’s presidential vote, a party spokesman said on Friday.

Bemba, a former rebel leader and vice president, left Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007 and spent the last 10 years in prison in The Hague. He is currently free in Belgium pending a hearing on a separate conviction for witness tampering.

Reporting by Fiston Mahamba; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Alison Williams

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