September 30, 2010 (FH)-The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Thursday adjourned to October 18, the trial involving two former Rwandan top leaders of ex-ruling party, MRND, Mathieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera.

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Since the start of his defence case on August 23, Ngirumpatse, former MNRD president, called 15 out of 35 witnesses he intended to field for his defence.

The last witness was Andre Nzabanterura, who briefly testified that he did not identify the political affiliation of the youths who took part into the killings in his area in 1994.

The next court sitting would proceed up to November 25, according to the Tribunal judicial calendar.

Ngirumpatse and Karemera, the party's vice president, are charged with seven counts including genocide, complicity in genocide, incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed, mostly by members of their party, its youth wing, Interahamwe, in particular.

The prosecution has notably indicted the duo for their superior responsibility as top officials of the party.  Karemera has already completed his defence case.

Earlier, the prosecution had charged Ngirumpatse and Karemera jointly with the then MRND Secretary General, Joseph Nzirorera. The Tribunal, however, terminated the proceedings against Nzirorera following his death on July 1, 2010. Before meeting his death, Nzirorera was still presenting his defence case.


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