The war crimes trial of former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba was to start yesterday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, BBC said. The former vice-president of DR Congo is accused of murder, rape and pillage in the Central African Republic (CAR). He is the most high-profile figure to face trial at the ICC since it began its work eight years ago. The ICC chief prosecutor says the trial will show that commanders are responsible for their troops’ actions. The trial is expected to last several months.