Arusha, 02 December, 2008 (FH) - Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Tuesday adjourned the longest and the largest trial popularly known as "Butare Trial" sine die after the last witness, Elie Ndayambaje, former Mayor, completed his own defence.

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It has already been confirmed that at least one witness would be called to re-testify and probably four others would do the same if the Chamber grants the pending motions.

The Chamber also ordered the parties to submit their closing briefs by February 17, 2009 and thereafter would have 45 days before they submit their oral briefs.

Other defendants accused jointly with Ndayambaje are: former Minister of Family and Women Affairs, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko and her son Arsene Shalom Ntahobali; former Governors Sylvain Nsabimana and Alphonse Nteziryayo; and Ex-mayor of Ngoma Commune, Joseph Kanyabashi.

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

The case which commenced in June 2001, has consumed a total of 714 trial days so far.


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