Arusha, March 20, 2002 (FH) -The prosecution in the case of three individuals accused of using "hate media" to ignite massacres in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, on Wednesday presented the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with 273 audio tapes of recorded broadcasts that allegedly incited killings. The 43rd prosecution witness in the so-called "Media trial", Dr.

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Mathias Ruzindana translated the recordings of broadcasts that were originally transmitted in either Kinyarwanda or French into English. The Media trial groups three suspects accused of having used the media to incite killings during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The three are: former director of Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) Ferdinand Nahimana; former editor of "Kangura" newspaper Hassan Ngeze; and former politician and RTLM board member Jean-Bosco BarayagwizaDr. Ruzindana, who is testifying as a socio-linguistic expert, also translated transcripts and translations arising from the Kinyarwanda broadcasts into English. Among the cassettes, transcripts and translations that were presented to the Chamber are broadcasts aired by RTLM in November 20th, 1993 as well as some reportedly carried on March 2nd-3rd, 1994, May 20th and also June 20th and June 22nd, 1994. The broadcasts include news, interviews and songs and also mention names of reporters and broadcasters from the radio as well as the interviewees, including two of the accused, Nahimana and Ngeze. The journalists who are heard and identified in the broadcasts include Kantano Habimana, Valerie Bemeriki, who is in detention in Rwanda, and George Ruggiu, who has already been handed down a twelve-year sentence by the Tribunal after pleading guilty to inciting genocide. Ruggiu is said to have worked with the former RTLM editor, Gaspard Gahigi, who is thought to be dead. The prosecution intends to show how broadcasts incited Rwandans to kill and how the accused in the Media trial were involved in these broadcasts. Dr Ruzindana, who began testifying on Wednesday morning, responded to questions by prosecutor Stephen Rapp of the United States. He continues with his testimony on Thursday. The Media Trial, which started on October 23rd, 2000 is before Trial Chamber One of the ICTR, composed of judges Navanethem Pillay of South Africa (presiding), Erik Mose of Norway and Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana of Sri Lanka. NI/SW/JA/FH (ME-0320f)