Arusha, March 12, 2003 (FH) - The Cyangugu trial being heard at the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was on Wednesday adjourned to Monday April 17th by presiding Judge George Lloyd Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis due to lack of defence witnesses for Emmanuel Bagambiki, the former prefect of Cyangugu (SouthWest Rwanda).

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Bagambiki is jointly on trial with former commander of Karambo military camp, Samuel Imanishimwe and exMinister for Transport and communication, Andre Ntegerura. They are accused of being the architects of the genocide in Cyangugu prefecture during the genocide. The session on Wednesday was almost entirely held in camera. At the end of the day, defence counsel for Bagambiki, Vincent Lurquin of Belgium, indicated to the court that Bagambiki will appear after the lastwitness. He also informed the court that four witnesses whom he identified as one investigator named Jack Graaf, FOZ, HVN and a detainee named SLT will testify next week. The availability of two other witnesses, OVX and SMS, will be confirmed on Friday. The trial is before Trial Chamber Three, presided over by Judge George Lloyd Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis, assisted by Judges Yakov Ostrovsky of Russia and Pavel Dolenc of Slovenia. SV/CE/FH (CY1203e)