Arusha, November 18 , 2002 (FH)- The so-called 'Military trial' resumed before the International Criminal Tribunal on Monday with the cross-examination of an expert witness Alison Des Forges, a Senior Advisor (Africa Division) for the New York based Human Rights Watch. The military trial groups four former military officers and genocide suspects namely; Théoneste Bagosora a former advisor at the Rwandan defence ministry (chef de cabinet), Lieutenant Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva, Major Aloys Ntabakuze and General Gratien Kabiligi.

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Des Forges who is the first prosecution witness is under cross-examination by Kabiligi's defence attorney, Jean Degli of Togo/France. She started her testimony on September 9. Jean Degli questioned Des Forges on several documents on the genocide which she presented to the prosecution. The witness has written widely on human rights issues in the Great Lakes Region, notably Rwanda and Burundi. She has also authored a book on the 1994 Rwanda genocide, "Leave None to Tell the Story. "Barbara Mulvaney of United States is leading the prosecution team. This trial is before ICTR's Trial Chamber Three composed of judges Lloyd George Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis, (presiding) Pavel Dolenc of Slovenia and Andresia Vaz of Senegal. PJ/FH (ML-1118e)