31.01.11 - ICTR/KAREMERA - MRND TRIAL: JUDGES IN RWANDA ON FEBRUARY 20

Arusha, January 31, 2011 (FH) - The Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) currently trying formers leaders of Rwanda ruling party in 1994, MRND, will complete an on-site visit to Rwanda from February 20 to 25.
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Judges Dennis Byron, Gustave Kam and Vagn Joensen will be travelling with members of both defence and prosecution teams. They will go to Kigali and to Kibuye (West of Rwanda), according to a ruling published on Monday on the ICTR's webiste.

The two accused will not accompany the Chamber.

Former MRND President Matthieu Ngirumpatse has been testifying on his own defence since January 10, whereas former Vice-president Edouard Karemera has already completed his defence case. The two men are charged with crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity.

The prosecution alleges that the defendants conspired with other civil and military personalities to commit genocide in 1994.

They are also charged for their command responsibility in crimes committed by members of their party.

Ngirumpatse and Karemera do not deny that crimes were committed by members of their party but they assert that there was no chain of command between them and the militants.

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