03.02.11 - ICTR/KAREMERA - DEFENCE CASE OF MRND BOSS ADJOURNED TO FEBRUARY 15

Arusha, February 3, 2011 (FH) - The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Thursday adjourned to February 15, the defence case of genocide-accused and former President of then ruling party in Rwanda, MRND, Matthieu Ngirumpatse.
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Ngirumpatse is tried alongside his Vice President, Edouard Karemera who has already concluded his defence case.  They are charged mainly with crimes allegedly committed by members of their party, notably the Interahamwe militias.

The accused who commenced his own defence on January 10, was being cross examined by the prosecution for the fourth day.

The witness denied before the Chamber presided by Judge Dennis Byron that roadblocks were set up during 1994 genocide for identification of civilian Tutsis to be eliminated. ‘'There were Tutsis who manned the roadblocks alongside Hutus. In fact they were set up to identify RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front) infiltrators coming into the country,'' he told the Chamber during cross examination by ICTR Attorney Don Webster.

He elaborated that roadblocks were erected since October 1, 1990 when RPF attacked Rwanda but the number was increased during the massacres in 1994.

‘'There may be one more defence witness after Ngirumpatse evidence expected to testify via video link,'' the accused Co-counsel, Frédéric Weyl told Hirondelle News Agency.

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