Arusha, September 9, 2011 (FH) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday concluded hearing of confirmation of charges of three Kenyans suspected of crimes against humanity committed after the general elections in December 2007 whereas at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the defence team in the case of former Rwandan Planning Minister, Augustin Ngirabatware reduced the number of its witnesses from the remaining 42 to 19.

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Hearing of confirmation of charges for three Kenyans ends:  On Thursday, the ICC concluded the hearing of confirmation of charges of three Kenyans suspected of crimes allegedly committed in their country after the general election in December 2007. The suspects are former Higher Education Minister, William Ruto, former Minister for Industrialization, Henry Kosgey and a journalist, Joshua Arap Sang.

Ngudjolo's defence case:  Witnesses in the defence case of Mathieu Ngudjolo, former Congolese militia leader of the National Integrationist Front, continued giving evidence in defence of the accused. The defendant is charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes, for his alleged role alongside Germain Katanga in the attack of Bogoro (Ituri, Eastern DRC) on February 24, 2003 where over 200 people were killed.

Continuation of Bemba's trial: Prosecution in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba, a Congolese senator and leader of rebel group, Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), continued calling witnesses to support charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes he is facing  for his alleged command responsibility in the crimes committed by troops in the Central African Republic between 2002 and 2003.


Defence case of Ngirabatware: The defence team of genocide-accused and former Rwandan Planning Minister, Augustin Ngirabatware complied with the order of the Trial Chamber by reducing to 19 from 42 the number of its remaining witnesses. Earlier the defence had indicated the remaining witnesses would be 29.However on September 2, the Chamber denied the defence motion and directed that its previous order should be complied, with the final list of the remaining witnesses not exceeding 19 be field by September 5.

Trial of Captain Nizeyimana:  the UN Tribunal heard extra evidence from four witnesses in the case of former Rwandan military officer, Captain Idelphonse Nizeyimana. One witness gave evidence for the defence and  three others testified for prosecution to challenge the alibi defence for the accused over his presence in Butare, South Rwanda between April and May, 1994. The defence case was officially declared closed on June 16, 2011. However lead Counsel for the accused John Philpot has already filed a motion seeking to present a rejoinder case to challenge evidence of the three prosecution witnesses.

Kabuga's special deposition hearing: Special deposition proceedings in the case involving the most wanted genocide fugitive, Felicien Kabuga, normally being held at the Tribunal's seat in Arusha, Tanzania, were shifted temporally to The Hague, Netherlands this week but will continue at ICTR on September 13. The hearing is not a trial par se but aimed at collecting evidence for the future use in case the accused is apprehended.   


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