Arusha, May 21, 2010 (FH) - Hearing of two trials continued this week before the international Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) including that of genocide-accused, Joseph Nzirorera, former Secretary General of MRND ruling party in Rwanda in 1994 who started his own defence.

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Nzirorera Monday denied before the Tribunal that he had set up plans to exterminate Tutsis before or after the death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994.

"I neither had any plans nor incite extermination of Tutsis. I neither had any thought of killing anybody else in my life," he testified.

The defendant claimed also that he had no administrative powers to either control or punish perpetrators of massacres within and outside his party.

He questioned the rationale behind the prosecution's plea for him and two co-accused, also former senior party leaders, President Mathieu Ngirumpatse and his Vice-President Edouard Karemera, to be held responsible for crimes allegedly committed by their members.

The accused continues with his testimony next Monday.

In the case of the former Rwandan Youth Minister, Callixte  Nzabonimana , the 14th defence witness denied that the accused conspired with local leaders of MRND to incite the population to kill Tutsis in Tambwe commune, Gitarama prefecture, central Rwanda in 1994.

 ‘'All of that is fabrication. It never existed and never happened,'' the protected witness code-named ‘'T92'' told the Chamber. The trial continues next Monday.

Next Monday also the Tribunal will hear closing argument in the case of the former Rwandan business man, Gaspard Kanyarukiga.


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