Arusha, November 12, 2001 (FH) - Former Rwandan prefect AlphonseNteziryayo ordered the killing of Tutsis in his southern prefecture ofButare during the 1994 genocide, a prosecution witness told theInternational Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday. "I saw him telling militiamen to seize a Tutsi who was having a drink atthe Hotel Ibis and take him to Kabutare forest where the other Tutsis werebeing killed," said the witness, dubbed "QJ" to shield his identity.

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Nteziryayo is being tried with five other leaders accused of genocide inButare in 1994. His co-accused are: former Minister of Women's DevelopmentPauline Nyiramasuhuko, her son and former militia leader Arsène ShalomNtahobali, former mayor of Ngoma Joseph Kanyabashi, former mayor of MuganzaElie Ndayambaje and another former prefect of Butare, Sylvain Nsabimana. All have pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide and crimes againsthumanity. Nteziryayo replaced Nsabimana in June 1994. Witness QJ, a Tutsi whose family were killed in the genocide, said thatNteziryayosupervised the activities of the Interahamwe (extremist Hutu militia of theformer presidential party MRND) who were staying at the Hotel Ibis, as wasthe accused. The witness began his testimony last Thursday, mainly behind closed doors. He also told the court he had seen Nyiramasuhuko aboard a vehicle full ofmilitiamen who were carrying off certain Tutsi families that had takenrefuge at the prefect's offices. "The kidnapped Tutsis were taken to Kabutare forest, where they were shotand killed," QJ told the court. "You could hear gunfire in the forest all day. "The witness also said he had seen former mayor of Ngoma Joseph Kanyabashiseveral times at roadblocks in Butare. He told the court Kanyabashi haddriven around the town several times in June 1994, calling for Tutsis to behunted down and killed. After his calls, said the witness, "people searched houses and busheseverywhere in and around town (…). They used whistles and shot in the airto terrorize those in hiding, and as soon as someone came out they wereshot on the spot". This case is before Trial Chamber Two of the ICTR, composed of judgesWilliam Hussein Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Arlette Ramaroson ofMadagascar and Matanzima Maqutu of Lesotho. BN/JC/DO/FH (BT1112E)