Arusha, 04 September 2008 (FH) - The hearing of a murder case against a Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) national, Armandi Guehi (36), who allegedly murdered his wife nearly three years ago, Angele Kosiah Sama, an employee of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on outskirts of Arusha , is likely to commence next month at the High Court of Tanzania in Moshi, about 100 kilometres west of the Tanzania's tourist town near the slopes of Africa's highest Mount Kilimanjaro.

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The UN tribunal is trying the key suspects of the 1994 genocide, which claimed lives of approximately 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

The body of 33-years-old Angele, also from the same West African state, was recovered by police one week after she reportedly went missing on October 4, 2005 at the Lambo Estates of Mkufi in Hai district, Kilimanjaro region, approximately 50-kilometres west of Arusha. The grass and vegetation, on which the body had been found, were intensely ruffled, indicating a stiff fight that was put up by the deceased during her last minutes of her breath, according to the police.

The Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander (RPC), Lucas Ngoboko told Hirondelle News Agency Thursday that Police had completed its investigation and forwarded the file for proceedings to the Attorney General's Office in Moshi on December 5, 2007.

Mr. Ngoboko confirmed that Guehi who was since then in the police custody was the only prime suspect of the gruesome murder. The accused has denied the charge.

Preliminary police investigations indicated that the accused was last seen with his wife in October 3, 2005 in a blue Toyota RAV4 vehicle driving from their Olorein home in Arusha to work but never made it. Surprisingly, the person close to her that is the husband did not report the matter to the police or to the employer of his wife.

"We we'rent on speaking terms having quarreled earlier that day, said Guehi, when probed by the police. Guehi, who was then on intership at the UN-ICTR, however admitted to the police that he rode with his wife in the car on the fateful day, going to work but somehow along the way, they picked up a fight over her indecent dressing-above the knee skirt and breasts partly exposed. He then decided to drop off this wife's car and took a taxi to town.

The accused claimed that his wife speeded off towards Phillips, which according to him was strange as she was supposed to go to work along the Afrika Mashariki Road towards the AICC complex, which is housing the ICTR, in the centre of the town.

"I am glad to hear that it is coming up for hearing in October," Elsie Affange-Mbella, ICTR Advisor on Gender Issues and Assistant to the Victims in the Office of the Registrar told Hirondelle News Agency.

She said ICTR is an interested party in this case and wished to see that the suspect is tried and the case disposed off accordingly.

"The family of the deceased will be relieved if the suspects who committed the crimes are dealt with," she said. Angele has left behind a child, aged nine this year, who however, had been begotten by another man.


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