Arusha, April 10, 2003 (FH) -Trial Chamber Two of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was on Thursday compelled to postpone to next Monday the hearing of the testimony of genocide suspect and former Mayor of Mukingo commune in Ruhengeri prefecture (north west Rwanda). The chamber made the ruling following a request by Professor, Lennox Hinds, of the US, lead counsel for Kajelijeli for more time to prepare two video tapes which were recorded in French language during the accused arrest in Benin in 1998.

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Professor Hinds told Hirondelle that the time allocated to him will be used to double the video cassettes and transcribe and translate the content in both English and French so that parties in the trial could have copies to enable them follow the evidence properly. Kajelijeli will be testifying in his own defense as the twentyeighth and last defense witness in this trial. Trial Chamber Two is composed of Judges William Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar and Winston Churchill Matanzima Maqutu of Lesotho. NI/FH (KJ'0410e)