Arusha, September 12th, 2003 (FH) - The genocide trial of former Rwandan minister of higher education, Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda, at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), was on Thursday adjourned until January 13th, 2003. The court adjourned after hearing the seventh defence witness.

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Kamuhanda, 49, was minister in the interim government that presided over the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He is charged with eight counts including genocide, complicity in genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape and murder. Kamuhanda has denied all charges. His trial began onSeptember 3rd, 2001. It has since adjourned several times to give way to other trials taking place in the same chamber. The prosecution alleges that during the month of April 1994 in Gikomero commune, Kigali-Rural province, Kamuhanda supervised the killings of ethnicTutsis in the area. According to the indictment, several thousand Tutsi refugees were killed in the attacks at the parish church and the adjoining school. The prosecution has presented 28 witnesses. But defence says that Kahumanda was not in Gikomero on the said date. Six of the last seven defence witnesses, including Kamuhanda, have all testified that he was not in Gikomero during the period stated by the prosecution. The seventh witness, named 'AG' to protect his/her identity, testified in closed session throughout. The defence is scheduled to bring 23 more witnesses. The trial is before ICTR's Trial Chamber Two composed of Judges William Hussein Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar and Winston Churchill Mantanzima Maqutu of Lesotho. GG/FH (KH-0912e)