Arusha, May 6, 2003, (FH) - Trial Chamber Two of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda hearing a case against former Rwandan Minister for Higher Education and genocide suspect Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda sat in closed session the whole day on Tuesday. The chamber was hearing the testimony of the thirtyfifth defence witness dubbed VPM to shield his identity from the public.

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On Monday an exmilitary officer who testified for Kamuhanda told the chamber that the suspect could not have gone to his native Gikomero commune on April 12th 1994, to perpetrate massacres on Tutsis because the roads leading there from Kigali had been captured by RPF troops, making them impassable. Kamuhanda is charged with eight counts including genocide, complicity in genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape and murder. These crimes were allegedly committed in Gikomero commune (Kigali province, central Rwanda). The trial is before Trial Chamber II composed of Judges William Hussein Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Arlette Ramaroson (Madagascar) and Winston Churchill Matanzima Maqutu (Lesotho). PJ/CE/FH (KH'0506e)