Arusha, 1 April 2009 (FH) - All the parties in the so called "Military II" trial have met the deadline set by Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to have their written submissions by Tuesday.

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The order from 4 December 2008 advised all the parties to file their briefs before 31 March. In the trial, General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, former head of the gendarmerie, is on trial alongside three other officers of the former Rwandan Armed forces (RAF), including former Chief of Staff of the army, General Augustin Bizimungu.

Accused of crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, they have all claimed their innocence.

The testimony of witnesses ended on 4 December, but a special session devoted to the testimony of additional four witnesses was held in February, to repair the wrong caused to General Ndindiliyimana by the prosecutor who had hidden evidence from him that the Chamber considered was useful for the defence.

The closing arguments of the prosecutor and the defence teams will take place between 24 and 26 June.

The Chamber II, presided by Judge Joseph Asoka de Silva, is scheduled to travel from 13 to 18 April to Rwanda to visit the alleged sites of massacres.

 The judges are expected to visit Kigali, Ruhengeri and Nyaruhengeri, Ndindiliyimana's birthplace in Butare, southern Rwanda.

 The trial opened in September 2004.


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