Arusha, October 24, 2002 (FH) - Former media chief and genocide suspect, Ferdinand Nahimana was never a member of the radical party, CDR, a witness told the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday. "He wouldn't have been a member of two different parties at the same time", protected witness 'I2' told judges.

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"Nahimana was only a member of MRND (the then ruling party),"he added. The prosecution claims that CDR played a big role in inciting ethnic Hutus against Tutsis in the run-up to the 1994 genocide. Nahimana is a founder and alleged former controller of "hate-radio", Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM). He is jointly on trial with two other suspects linked with the media in Rwanda before and during the genocide. The two are: Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, a former politician, RTLM founder and board member and Hassan Ngeze, former editor of the newspaper "Kangura". The three are primarily accused of using their respective media to incite the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. I2 is the third defence witness. He told the court that he had known Nahimana from their childhood. Earlier on Thursday, witness G99, a former colleague of Nahimana's at the National University of Rwanda, where Nahimana taught history, completed his testimony. He mainly testified that Nahimana was a man of good character. The prosecution challenged G99's knowledge of Nahimana. I2 will continue his testimony on Friday before Trial Chamber One of the ICTR composed of Judges Navanethem Pillay of South Africa (Presiding), Erik Møse of Norway and Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana of Sri Lanka. GG/FH(ME-1024e)