Arusha, 28 October, 2008 (FH) - Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Tuesday was compelled to adjourn the Examination-in-Chief of the last accused in a six-man trial, Elie Ndayambaje, because one of the defendants in the joint trial, Alphonse Nteziryayo, former Governor, was reportedly sick and undergoing treatment.

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Ndayambaje, Ex-mayor of Muganza Commune in Butare prefecture, was scheduled to continue testifying on his own defence for the sixth day before the three-bench judges.

However, Tanzanian Judge William Sekule, presiding over the case, set part of Wednesday‘s testimony for further cross-examination of a recalled prosecution protected witness dubbed "QA".

The Chamber's ruling to allow the further re-examination of "QA" follows a motion filed by two accused-- Joseph Kanyabashi, former Mayor of Ngoma Commune and Sylvain Nsabimana, former Governor-- who wanted to cross examine witness "QA" on additional topics.

According to the ruling dated 28 October 2008, defence of Kanyabashi is expected to further inquire on the content of Kanyabashi's speech of 19 April, 1994 in Butare town. The defence claims that the witness gave false evidence in connection with the Kanyabashi's address.

The defence of Nsabimana is also expected to further cross-examine "QA" on the content of Nsabimana's speech at Ngoma Parish.

Others accused in the joint trial are: Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, former Minister for Family and Women Affairs and her son, Arsen Shalom Ntahobali.

The trial, which started in June 2001, is the longest and largest before the UN Court.

All have pleaded not guilty to genocide and crimes against humanity.


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