Arusha, May 26, 2003 (FH) -Trial Chamber Two of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda will hear the closing arguments in the trial of former Mukingo Mayor Juvénal Kajelijeli from 14th to 16th July, 2003. When the trial was adjourned on April 24th, the presiding Judge, William Hussein Sekule informed the parties that the next session would tentatively take place either from May 28th to June 7th or from July 14th to 18, 2003.

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The dates from 14th to 16th July when the prosecution and the defence will make closing arguments have now been confirmed according to a court official. Meanwhile, the Chamber rejected a motion by the prosecution to call additional witnesses for rebuttal. It rejected a similar motion in the case against the former Rwandan Minister for higher education Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda, on May 13th. Kajelijeli trial was adjourned a day after the suspect completed testifying in his defence. He was the twentyeighth and last defence witness. The prosecution closed its case on April 10, 2002 after presenting fourteen witnesses. The trial started on July 4, 2001. Kajelijeli, 52, is charged with 11 counts of genocide and crimes against humanity committed between April and July 1994. The crimes are said to have been committed against Tutsis in Mukingo commune and surrounding areas. The trial is before Trial Chamber Two of the ICTR is composed of Judge William Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar and Winston Churchill Matanzima Maqutu from Lesotho. PJ/CE/FH (KJ'0526e)