Arusha, November 18th,2003 (FH) – Protais Zigiranyirazo, the brother-in-lawof former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana who is being held by theInternational Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), is to make his secondinitial appearance on November 25 following the amendment of his indictment. The new indictment charges Zigiranyirazo, 65, with five counts genocide andcrimes against humanity committed against Tutsis between April and July 1994in Kigali and Gisenyi (north-west Rwanda).

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The original indictment only charged the accused with two counts of crimesagainst humanity. He had pleaded not guilty during his first initialappearance. Popularly known as Mr. Z, the accused is the brother of Habyarimana's widowand had been the prefect of Ruhengeri for 10 years before becoming aprominent businessman. According to the indictment, Tutsis in Kigali and Gisenyi were killed on theorders of Zigiranyirazo. It is also alleged that in April 1994, he had given orders to people incharge of roadblocks near his home in the chic neighbourhood of Kiyovu “tosearch all houses and kill all Tutsis they found”. “Shortly after, soldiers and Interahamwe militia started widespreadkillings”, reads the indictment. It continues that the following month, Mr. Z ordered his own son, Jean MarieMakiza, to shoot to death three gendarmes identified as Tutsi. The gendarmes were allegedly killed at a road block near his villa in Giciyecommune in Gisenyi. The accused was arrested on July 26, 2001 in Belgium and transferred to theArusha UN detention facilities on October 3. He will appear before judges Williams (St. Kitts and Nevis), Vaz (Senegal)and Khan (Pakistan). KN/ER/CE/FH (Z'1119'e)