ICC adds one year to Bembas conviction for attempted bribery of witnesses

The United Nations-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to another year in prison and about $325,000 in fines for interfering with his trial. Judges ordered the that the sentence be served consecutively to Mr. Bemba’s existing 18 year sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003. In their ruling, the judges ordered the fine to be paid within three months to the ICC and then transferred to the Trust Fund for Victims, according to a press release. Mr. Bemba, along with two of the four other people accused, were found guilty in October “for having jointly committed the offences of intentionally corruptly influencing 14 defence witnesses, and presenting their false evidence to the court.” Mr. Bemba was also found guilty of soliciting the giving of false testimony by the 14 defence witnesses and attempting to corruptly influence two defence witnesses. These charges were in addition to the main ruling issued in March 2016, in which the ICC found Mr. Bemba guilty beyond reasonable doubt on two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape and pillaging) committed in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003.Mr. Bemba had been the commander-in-chief of the former Congolese rebel group, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo, as well as a vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the 2003-2006 transition. read more

Bentley launches all new UKengineered V8 for Continental

500bhp at 6000rpm.660Nm (487 lb/ft) of torque.0-60 in 4.6 seconds.Top speed of 188mph.Eight-speed automatic transmission.Bentley Motors has launched an all new 4 litre, twin-turbo V8 engine for the Continental GT and GTC. Capable of over 500 miles on a single tank and delivering a 40% improvement in fuel economy over the W12, the new engine is efficient and sporty, hitting 60mph in 4.6 seconds.At Bentley’s Crewe HQ, it’s engineers worked to optimise power delivery and efficiency, leading to the development of a new ground breaking technology – variable displacement. This system deactivates cylinders when they are not needed – driving at a steady speed or decelerating – but under acceleration, the full V8 power is employed.Bentley’s global sales for 2011 were up 37% to 7003 cars. In Europe, the business saw sales up by over a half to 1187 cars, led by a German market which increased by 88%. In the UK, the brand increased registrations by over 5% to 1031 units.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more