Kigali, 21 November 2008 (FH)- The verdict in the trial of the former Minister of Justice, Agnes Ntamabyariro, will be rendered on 19 January by the Court of First Instance of Nyarugenge, Kigali, Judge Jocelyne Ninahazwa, announced Thursday.

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"I declare today the proceedings closed. Taking into account the judicial holidays scheduled for December, the verdict will be rendered on Monday 19 January", stated Mrs. Ninahazwa.

On Tuesday, the prosecutor Emmanuel Nsengiyumva had requested life imprisonment in isolation against former minister and her co-defendant, former prosecutor Jean-Leonard Hategekimana.

Mrs. Ntamabyariro had the time to claim her innocence one more time and to ask for her acquittal.

It was only on Thursday that Hategekimana's defence had the opportunity to present its closing arguments.

The former minister is accused of planning the genocide, meetings of planning and organization of the genocide in Nyanza ,southern Rwanda and Kibuye western Rwanda, campaigns of weapons distribution, the assassination of Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, the then Governor of Butare ,southern Rwanda.

She would have also played a role, according to the prosecutor, in the murder of a Tutsi godson of her husband.

Hategekimana is also prosecuted for his alleged responsibility in the assassination of Governor Habyarimana.

Arrested in Zambia in 1997, Mrs. Ntamabyariro is the only member of the interim government to be tried in Rwanda. Her trial began on 19 June, 2006.


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