Arusha, April 25, 2003, (FH) - The trial of former Rwandan Minister for Higher Education and genocide suspect Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda resumes on Monday before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Kamuhanda is charged with eight counts including genocide, complicity in genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape and murder.

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These crimes were allegedly committed in his native Gikomero commune (Kigali province, central Rwanda), where he is accused of personally leading soldiers and Interahamwe militiamen to attack Tutsi refugees at the Gikomero parish and in the adjoining school. The trial was adjourned on February 19th so that Trial Chamber Two could hear another case known as the "Butare Trial". The chamber is also alternately hearing the socalled Kajelijeli Trial, which was adjourned on Thursday. Kamuhanda trial will continue until May 22nd when the defence is expected to complete its case. Twentythree defence witnesses have testified so far. The defence is anticipating five more witnesses. The trial started in April17, 2001. Kamuhanda's defence is led by Aicha Conde from Guinea, assisted by Patricia Mongo from Congo. The former minister was arrested in France on November 26, 1999, and was transferred to the UN detention facility on March 7, 2000. 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'0425e)