Arusha, November 27, 2001 (FH) - A confessed killer who on Monday admitted to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) having made a false confession statement to Rwandan judicial authorities, on Tuesday said that the confession statement shown to him in court was not his own. Detainee prosecution witness "GOA" is testifying in the genocide trial of Juvénal Kajelijeli, former mayor of Mukingo commune in Ruhengeri, northwest Rwanda.

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GOA told the court that while he had made his confession in February, 1999, the document brought to court as his confession statement was dated February, 1992. "How then can that be my statement?" asked GOA. "In 1992,the war had not even started. "Defence counsel for Kajelijeli Lennox Hinds of the US on Monday told the court that the confession statement appeared to have been erroneously dated. Hinds said that defence would make an application for authentication of the document. Witness GOA had on Monday admitted that the statement was his own and the fingerprint on the statement were his. He can neither read nor write, and the statement was read to him through a translator. "This is not my statement. I can't answer any questions arising from this statement," said the witness. GOA also requested the court to sanction Hinds for "insisting on using a false document". Presiding Judge William Sekule of Tanzania cautioned GOA to desist from making personal comments and observe respect for defence counsel. GOA later said that part of the confession statement could be his. The witness initially testified in this case in July, but has been recalled at the defence's request to answer questions regarding his confession statement to Rwandan judicial authorities. The defence says that GOA's confession contradicts his testimony before the ICTR. Protected witness GOA is a self-confessed Interahamwe militiaman who told the court in July that he personally participated in the killings of more than 600 Tutsis on the orders of former mayor Kajelijeli in 1994. GOA pleaded guilty to genocide in Ruhengeri (northwest Rwanda) in 1997 and is in jail there awaiting sentencing. The case is before Trial Chamber Two of the ICTR, composed of judges William Hussein Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Winston Churchill Matanzima Maqutu of Lesotho and Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar. GG/JC/DO/FH (KJ1126f)