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The prosecution itself called less than ten witnesses, who testified mostly in closed session over a period of less than two months.

The charges arise from alleged bribery and coaching of witnesses to provide false testimony in Bemba's main trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, in which a verdict will be delivered on March 21, 2016.

Presentation of the defense case is expected to last for a few weeks, with no more than 20 witnesses testifying.

Some defense teams have indicated they will question some of their witnesses for as few as 15 minutes, with the highest being three hours.

In other trials before the ICC, calling parties question some of their witnesses for up to 10 hours, and the same time is allocated to cross-examination of such witnesses.

He also testified that Bemba's soldiers did not carry any looted goods as they retreated back to Congo.

The wife of this witness testified immediately after him, affirming that local rebels raped her, and denying knowledge of any crimes committed by Bemba's forces.

In the current trial, Witness D04-29 testified as Witness D213.

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International Justice Monitor By Wairagala Wakabi March 3, 2016 Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and his four associates have started their defense in the evidence tampering trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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