Arusha, February 13, 2003 (FH) - The judgment in the genocide trial of Seventh Day Adventist pastor, Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son, medical doctor, Gerald Ntakirutimana will be delivered at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Wednesday February 19th, reports the independent news agency Hirondelle. Pastor Ntakirutimana, 78, was the president of the west Rwanda SeventhDay Adventist (SDA) area.

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He was based at Mugonero SDA complex in Kibuye province. His son, Gerard Ntakirutimana, 45, was a doctor at the SDA hospital in the complex. The two are mainly accused of luring ethnic Tutsi refugees into Mugonero SDA complex before bringing in militias to kill them. They are also accused of participating in the pursuit and killings of Tutsis in the Bisesero hills in Kibuye. The trial began in September 2001 and closed in August, 2002. Pastor Ntakirutimana was the first clergyman to be indicted by the ICTR. Five other clergy men have since been indicted and arrested. Anglican Bishop Samuel Musabyimana died in detention last month. Pastor Ntakirutimana was arrested in Texas, USA, on September 29th, 1996. He was transferred to the ICTR on March 24th, 2000 after loosing a protracted legal battle against his extradition. A month after Pastor Ntakirutimana's arrest, his son was arrested in Ivory Coast. He was transferred to the ICTR two days later. Both pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The judgement will be the ninth passed by the ICTR since its inception in 1994. The prosecution in this case is led by Charles AdeogunPhillips of Nigeria and the UK, Wallace Kapaya of Tanzania and BoiTia Stevens of the United States. Pastor Ntakirutimana and his son are represented by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and David Jacobs of Canada respectively. The trial is before Trial Chamber One of the ICTR composed of judges Navanethem Pillay of South Africa, presiding, Erik Møse of Norway and Andrésia Vaz of Senegal. GG/FH (NT'0213e)