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25.06.12 - ICTR/BIZIMANA - ICTR ENDS SPECIAL EVIDENCE HEARINGS WITH BIZIMANA'S CASE

Arusha, June 25, 2012 (FH) – The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Monday concluded its third and last special evidence hearing with the case of former Rwandan Minister of Defence Augustin Bizimana, who is still on the run.

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‘’Kindly be informed that the Bizimana special deposition resumed this morning with the hearing of the last remaining witness which was completed today. Consequently, the Bizimana special deposition has come to an end,’’ said the Tribunal’s Spokesperson, Roland Amoussouga.

Bizima is charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or complicity in genocide, as alternative count, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The other two cases whose special evidence hearings have already been completed are those of Felicien Kabuga and Protais Mpiranya, former Commander of the Presidential Guard.

The special deposition hearings are being conducted to preserve evidence for future use if the fugitives in question were to be arrested.

Bizimana’s Duty Counsel, Yitiha Simbeye called a total of three witnesses. Defence evidence hearing for Bizimana commenced May 14, 2012.

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