Arusha, February 18, 2003 (FH) - The trial of former Rwandan Minister for Higher Education and genocide suspect Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda was once again held in closed session on Monday and Tuesday. Two defence witnesses dubbed RGB and CLA to shield their identity gave evidence entirely behind closed doors.

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Thirty defence witnesses have testified so far. The Chamber also sat in closed session on January 20 th and 30th when four defence witnesses testified. 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 his native Gikomero commune (Kigali province, central Rwanda). Aicha Conde of Guinea and Patricia Mongo of Congo Brazaville represents Kamuhanda while Marks Moore of Ireland and Ibonukulu Babajide of Nigeria are prosecuting. The trial is before Trial Chamber II composed of Judges William Hussein Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Arlette Ramaroson (Madagascar) Winston Churchill Matanzima Maqutu (Lesotho)CE/PJ/FH (KH0218e)