The leader of the ruling party in 1994 was testifying on his own defence since January 10.
‘'Selective prosecution is going to set enmities in Rwanda. I am in favor of dialogue because it is the only path to reconciliation,'' Ngirumpatse said as he was winding up his testimony.
The defendant told the Chamber presided by Judge Dennis Byron that ‘'your judgment will bring to light the truth and responsibility of each group in the Rwandan tragedy.'' He concluded by saying ‘'I am still committed to reconciliation and democracy for the Rwandan people.''
Accordingly, the proceedings were adjourned and the Chamber travels to Rwanda next week for site visit.
One more defence witness is yet to testify via video link before the defence case is closed. A total of 39 witnesses have so far testified, including Ngirumpatse himself.
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 and Interahamwe militias.
© Hirondelle News Agency