More than two years after his arrest, the trial of DR Congo’s former vice-president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has finally begun at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Bemba faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
So what is the significance of this trial and how effective is the international criminal court a custodian of justice?
Inside Story discusses.
This episode of Inside Story aired on Monday, November 22, 2010.