Arusha, June 29, 2001 (FH) - Looking rather confused, former Rwandan mayor and genocide suspect Jean Mpambara on Thursday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for more time with his counsel, and to be served documents in a language he understands. The requests came in a court appearance to ensure that his rights are respected.

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Asked if he had been informed of his right to remain silent, the suspect replied: "I have not been informed, because I have not had the time to discuss with my duty counsel and there are many legal terms which I do not understand. I only saw him last night for a few minutes. "He said he had received documents relating to his arrest (judge's order for transfer and detention, Prosecutor's request and list of his rights), but that they were mostly in English, which he does not understand. Judge Pavel Dolenc of Slovenia requested that the ICTR Registry prepare Frenchtranslations for the suspect as soon as possible. Mpambara said he had only received the documents from his duty counsel the night before. Duty counsel Bharat Chadha of Tanzania said he had visited the suspect at 17. 30 local time the previous day and that he "could not take an interpreter because the hours were odd". A representative of the Registry interrupted proceedings to say that the documents had been ready for two days, that they had been trying to contact Chadha all day Thursday, and that if he had only gone to the United Nations Detention Facility (UNDF) when he did, it was because he was "not available" before. Judge Dolenc said that in any case, "the duty counsel and the suspect should have the opportunity to meet, to discuss, and if they find there are matters that can be raised as a violation of the rights of the accused, they can file a motion to remedy such a violation". Mpambara was mayor of Rukara, in the eastern Rwandan region of Kibungo, at the time of the 1994 genocide. The ICTR Prosecutor is investigating him for involvement in the genocide. He was arrested in a Tanzanian refugee camp on June 20th and transferred to the United Nations Detention Facility (UNDF) in Arusha last Saturday. The ICTR Statute provides for provisional detention of suspects under investigation, provided a judge is satisfied that this is warranted. The period of provisional detention is 30 days, but can be extended on request to a maximum of two more thirty-day periods. JC/MBR/FH (MP0629e)