Arusha, February 12, 2004 (FH)- The so called "Butare trial" which groups six genocide suspects, was Thursday adjourned to next Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). It was put off after defence lawyers had finished cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses code-named TW and TP.

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They were the 29th and 30th prosecution witnesses respectively. Both witnesses were cross-examined by Pierre Boule, counsel for one of the accused, the former prefect of Butare, Alphonse Ntezirayo,Other accused in this trial include former minister of Family and Women Affairs, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, her son and militia leader, Arsene ShalomNtahobali, another former prefects of Butare, Sylvain Nsabimana and two former Mayors: Joseph Kanyabashi of Ngoma commune and that of Muganza, Elie Ndayambaje. When it resumes on Monday the chamber expects to hear testimony from 31st prosecution witness. The trial is taking place in Trial Chamber Two of the ICTR composed of Judges William Hussein Sekule of Tanzania (presiding), Judge Arlette Ramaroson from Madagascar and Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa of Uganda. NI/KN/AT/FH (BT''02012e)