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ICC overturns war crimes conviction of Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba

A former Congolese vice president has his convictions for war crimes overturned. Jean-Pierre Bemba had previously been sentenced for failing to stop rapes and murders committed by his militia. Jacob Zuma makes a second court appearance for graft charges in South Africa. In a speech to supporters, the defiant former president threatened to reveal the corruption of his accusers. And Ghanaian football is rocked by scandal after a documentary shows the sport's top boss accepting alleged kickbacks.


The International Criminal Court has overturned the war crimes conviction of Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba. The presiding judge said the former vice president could not be held responsible for atrocities carried out by troops under his control. But human rights groups are calling this decision devastating for the thousands of victims.

South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma appeared briefly in court on Friday as part of the state's corruption case against him. He is accused of taking bribes from arms dealers. Zuma issued a warning to his opponents and ruling party officials -- telling them not to attack him in public.

And a football scandal hits Ghana. The nation's football association is to be dissolved after the group's president was caught on camera allegedly accepting cash gifts. He apologised and resigned from his position and FIFA has also suspended him for 90 days from its decision-making Council.

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