Arusha, October 15, 2002 (FH) - Genocide suspect and former media chief, Ferdinand Nahimana, on Tuesday told the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) that coaccused, editor and owner of defunct Kangura newspaper, Hassan Ngeze had written extremist articles. Nahimana is a founder and alleged former director of "hateradio", Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM).

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He was also a history professor at the National University of Rwanda. Nahimana was head of the Rwandan National Information Office (ORINFOR) between 1990 and 1992. He is jointly on trial with two other suspects linked with the media in Rwanda before and during the genocide. The two are: JeanBosco Barayagwiza, a former politician, RTLM founder and board member and Hassan Ngeze, former editor of the newspaper "Kangura". The three are primarily accused of using their respective media to incite the1994 genocide in Rwanda. "Ngeze wrote extremist articles", said Nahimana. He cited several articles in Kangura criticising him (Nahimana) as "some of the extremist articles" written by Ngeze. During his testimony that began three weeks ago but was adjourned for two weeks, Nahimana deplored some of the articles published in Kangura. Nahimana resumed his testimony on Monday. Before the start of the trial on Tuesday, Ngeze personally requested the chamber for opportunity to "answer" to "prejudicial" statements made by Nahimana. Presiding judge Navanethem Pillay of South Africa turned down Ngeze's request asking him to wait for his turn to defend himself. Ngeze and his defence team have always denied prosecution accusations that Kangura was an extremist paper. Earlier on, Nahimana denied prosecution suggestions that as one of the three signatories to RTLM bank accounts, he was also one of the three most senior people at the radio station. The other two were Barayagwiza and Felicien Kabuga (prominent Kigali businessman and president of RTLM). "People in charge of signing checks were not responsible for day to day running of the station", said Nahimana. The trial will continue on Wednesday before Trial Chamber One of the ICTR composed of judges Navanethem Pillay of South Africa (Presiding), Erik Møse of Norway and Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana of Sri Lanka. GG/FH(ME1015e)