Arusha, September 17, 2001 (FH) The trial of three people accused of using the media to fuel the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has been suspended until November 12th before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), to make way for a new case. The Media trial groups Ferdinand Nahimana, a founder and alleged director of "hate radio" Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM); Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, a former politician and RTLM board member; and Hassan Ngeze, former editor of "Kangura" newspaper.

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The case is before the ICTR's Trial Chamber One which on Tuesday begins the genocide trial of Seventh Day Adventist pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son Gérard. The Media trial began on October 23rd, 2000. One of the accused, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, has maintained a boycott of the courtroom, claiming that the ICTR is manipulated by the current regime in Kigali. Prosecution has so far called thirty witnesses in the case. JC/PHD/FH (ME0917e)