Arusha, February 20, 2003 (FH - Trial Chamber Two of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, (ICTR), on Thursday ordered the prosecutor to produce a prosecution witness's medical certificate in the trial of four former Rwanda government ministers. “A doctor should examine the witness and inform the chamber.

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We would like to see a medical certificate”, said presiding Judge Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana from Sri Lanka. The witness code-named “DY” to keep his identity secret, had stated in open court that the state of his health did not allow him to sit for long hours. “Stop, I cannot remain seated any longer”, implored DY, 30 minutes into his testimony. According to the prosecutor, Ibukunolu Babajide from Nigeria, the witness had waited for long hours in the waiting room before his appearance in court at around midday. The chamber immediately adjourned the proceedings to Friday morning. By the time the tribunal was adjourned, the witness had not implicated any of the accused. He had only talked about his career within the former Rwandan armed forces (ex-FAR) that was routed in July 1994 by rebels of the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) now in power in Kigali. The four accused in this trial are the former minister of health, Casimir Bizimungu, the former minister of commerce, Justin Mugenzi, JeromeBicamumpaka, the foreign affairs minister, and that of civil service, Prosper Mugiraneza. Each of them is accused of six counts of genocide and crimes against humanity committed in different parts of Rwanda. All have pleaded notguilty. As presiding judge in this trial, Judge Gunawardana is assisted by Judge Lee Gacuiga Muthoga of Kenya and Khalida Rashid Khan from Pakistan. KN/ER/AT/CE/FH (GVII''0220e)