Arusha, November 17, 2003 (FH) – The trial of former Rwandan minister of finance and genocide suspect, Emmanuel Ndindabahizi was postponed to Wednesday November 19th, the Hirondelle News Agency learnt on Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). According to information from the Registry, the trial could not resume as scheduled on Monday because the witnesses had not arrived at the tribunal.

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The trial was adjourned on November 7th after the testimony of the eighteenth defence witness. The defence began their case on October 27th and will call a total of twenty one witnesses. Three last witnesses are expected to testify. One factual witness dubbed DD will testify first, followed by a French history professor Bernard Lugan, who will testify as an expert. The accused will testify last. Ndindabahizi 53, is charged with three counts including genocide and crimes against humanity (extermination and murder). He allegedly perpetrated massacres of civilians in his home prefecture of Kibuye, western Rwanda. The trial is before Trial Chamber One composed of Judge Erik Mose (Norway) presiding, Judge Khalida Rachid Khan (Pakistan) and Solomy Balungi Bossa (Uganda). PJ/CE/FH (NB'1117e)