Arusha, February 20, 2003 (FH) The trial of four former Rwanda governmentministers going on at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), was adjourned on Friday morning after one of the accused fell ill. It is expected to resume on Monday.

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“Right now my client is at the hospital”, reported Michelyne Chénard Saint Laurent, the lead counsel for Casimir Bizimungu, former minister of health. She then requested for a suspension of the hearings, arguing that “the witness's testimony directly concerns my client”. The chamber was preparing to listen to the 16th prosecution witness, aformer member of the Rwandan armed forces (ex-FAR), code-named “DY” to keep his identity secret. DY had also interrupted proceedings on Thursday when he complained that his state of health did not permit him to stay seated for long periods. One member of the prosecution team, Ibukunolu Babajide, informed the tribunal on Friday morning that the witness was ready to testify. Casimir Bizimungu is jointly charged with Justin Mugenzi, former minister of commerce, Jerome Bicamumpaka, the foreign affairs minister, and that of civil s ervice, Prosper Mugiraneza. Each of them is accused of six counts of genocide and crimes against humanity committed all over Rwanda between April and July 1994. All have plea ded not guilty. The trial commonly known as “MILITARY I”, is taking place in Trial Chamber Two of the ICTR, composed of Judge Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana from Sri Lanka, assisted by Judge Lee Gacuiga Muthoga of Kenya and Khalida RashidKhan from Pakistan. The trial began November 8, 2003. KN/ER/AT/CE/FH(GVII''0220e)