Arusha, April 24, 2003 (FH) - The trial of genocide suspect and former Mayor of Mukingo commune in Ruhengeri prefecture (Northwest Rwanda), Juvenal Kajelijeli was on Thursday adjourned, one day after the accused had completed testifying in his own defence. Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber Two of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), William Sekule of Tanzania told the parties that the next session would tentatively take place from May 28th to June 7th or from July 14th to 18, 2003.

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He said the parties would be informed about a definitive date later. Meanwhile the chamber is also expected to make rulings on some pending motions filed by the parties including the prosecutor's application to bring some rebuttal witnesses. The number of rebuttal witness was not immediately known, Hirondelle learned. Kajelijeli was the 28th and the last defence witness. He is accused of planning, instigating and participating in the AprilJuly, 1994 massacres in Mukingo and the neighbouring Nkuli communes. Judge Sekule is assisted in the trial by two other judges, Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar and Winston Churchill Matanzima Maqutu of Lesotho. NI/CE/FH (KJ'04024e)