Arusha, June 13, 2001 (FH) - Genocide suspect Hassan Ngeze on Wednesday rose and shouted instructions to his lawyer during a hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Ngeze, who has a reputation for flamboyance and unpredictability, wants to replace his current defence team.

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He had been denied court permission to cross-question the 22nd prosecution witness. "This is not what I told you," Ngeze told his lawyer John Floyd of the US. "The witness is right!" The defendant was referring to a sketch map he had drawn for Floyd to use during cross-examination of protected witness AGX. Floyd asked court permission to stop cross-examination so he could first consult Ngeze, but the accused interrupted, shouting in English: "Follow the paper I gave you!""I ask my client not to interrupt on facts," Floyd said, as he crossed over to speak to Ngeze. The two consulted briefly before Floyd resumed the cross-examination. Ngeze last month asked and was granted permission to cross-examine a prosecution witness alongside his lawyers, pending a ruling on his request to have counsel of his choice. However, he was denied permission to cross-examine the current witness. Instead the court gave him time toconsult with Floyd. Earlier this year, the court rejected Ngeze's request to be assigned new lawyers to replace Floyd and co-counsel René Martel of Canada. Then in April, he said he had called on his friends "to intervene and provide financial assistance" so that he could pay for new lawyers, and that he was renouncing his indigent status. He is still waiting for the ICTR Registry to ascertain whether the friends he has cited can meet the costs of his defence. Ngeze has changed his lawyers several times since his arrest by the ICTR in 1997. Hassan Ngeze is former editor of the "Kangura" newspaper. He is on trial with two other suspects linked to "hate media" that incited Hutus to kill Tutsis during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The other accused are Ferdinand Nahimana, former director of Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines(RTLM) and Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, a former politician and RTLM board member. The case is being heard by Trial Chamber One of the ICTR, composed of Judges Navanethem Pillay of South Africa (presiding), Erik Mose of Norway and Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana of Sri Lanka. GG/JC/FH (ME0613e)