Arusha, 17 September 2009 (FH) - The prosecution in the genocide case against the former Rwandan business man, Gaspard Kanyarukiga, Thursday concluded its case after fielding 11 witnesses to support charges leveled against the defendant before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

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The last two protected witnesses dubbed ‘'CDK'' and ‘'CBS'' to conceal their identities, separately gave evidence about the major attack which took place at  Nyange parish, Kivumu commune in Kibuye prefecture on April 15, 1994 where  over a thousand of Tutsis who sought refuge inside the church were brutally killed and the Godly house demolished by a bulldozer.

Whereas CDK, already convicted for genocide in Rwanda and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment gave evidence on how he and other assailants actively participated at the killings in Nyange church, CBS narrated on how he narrowly escaped the slaughter.

Both witnesses alleged that the accused Kanyarukiga was one of the communal officials present at Nyange church during the fateful day. They concluded their testimony after being cross examined by the defence.

Prosecuting counsel, Holo Makwaia later told Hirondelle Agency after the status conference that the court would make a ruling on the scheduling order following disagreement between the parties on the proposed date of the commencement of the defence case.

The accused was arrested in South Africa on July 16, 2004 and transferred to Arusha three days later.

Kanyarukiga is charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity (extermination). He has pleaded innocent to the charges.

The trial started August 31.


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