24.10.07 - ICTR/KAREMERA - AN ICTR LAWYER ASKS THAT KIGALI EXPLAIN ITSELF AT THE UNITED NATIONS

  Arusha, 24 October 2007 (FH) - Accusing Kigali of refusing to co-operate, an American lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) requested that the Rwandan government explain itself before the Security Council, in a motion filed on Tuesday.
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Peter Robinson defends Joseph Nzirorera, former secretary-general of the National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (MRND), the dissolved party of former President Juvénal Habyarimana.
 
On 25 July, the chamber delivered an order requiring the Rwandan authorities to give him documents requested by Nzirorera's defence team.
 
"None of the requested documents has been provided", deplored Robinson requesting that the case be referred to the president of the tribunal so that he, in turn, refers it to the United Nations Security Council.
 
The defence lawyer explained that he needs to take note of these documents in order to prepare for the cross-examination of a forthcoming witness for the prosecution.
 
The chamber has not yet rendered a decision on this motion by Mr. Robinson.
 
Indicted for crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity, Nzirorera has pleaded not guilty.
 
He is on trial alongside two other national leaders of the MRND, the president, Mathieu Ngirumpatse, and the vice-president, Edouard Karemera.
 
This complex trial is likely not to finish by the end of 2008, date scheduled by the Security Council for the end of the first instance trials. 
  
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