On 27 November 2019, the ICC Appeal Chamber rejected Mr Bemba’s appeal against the ‘Decision Re-sentencing Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Mr Aimé Kilolo Musamba and Mr Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo’ of 17 September 2018, which had sentenced him to one year imprisonment and a fine of 300 000 euros.
The Court found that the Trial Chamber did not fail to comply with its directions on re-sentencing, did not err in law or in fact, nor did it impose a disproportionate sentence. It stressed that : “3. It is unhelpful to compare the sentences imposed on different convicted persons without reference to the specific facts and individual circumstances of each person. 4. It is not an error to consider solvency as a relevant factor for the determination of a fine. Solvency is a relevant consideration in numerous jurisdictions and its underlying rationale is the need to ensure a deterrent effect.”
Cf. ICC-01/05-01/13-2351, Judgment on the appeal of Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo against the decision of Trial Chamber VII of 17 September 2018 entitled ‘Decision Re-sentencing Mr JeanPierre Bemba Gombo, Mr Aimé Kilolo Musamba and Mr Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo’, 27 November 2019, https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/CR2019_07226.PDF