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Thursday, May 12, 2011

ICTR Censures Nzabonimana's Defense Team

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda this Wednesday sanctioned the defence for Callixte Nzabonimana, Rwanda’s former Youth Minister for misconduct for disclosing the name of a protected Prosecution witness.
The chamber said the defence has received numerous warnings and was, therefore, satisfied that a further warning would be adequate given the gravity of the conduct.

The defence had sought for admission into evidence a transcript from the trial of ex-top MRND officials in which a witness contradicted the Prosecution’s evidence that Nzabonimana had ordered the killings of mayors and other officials in Gitarama prefecture opposed to killings against Tutsi.

Nzabonimana, who was arrested in Tanzania on the 18th of February, 2008, is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, extermination and murder. His trial opened on the 9th of November, 2009.

Prosecution called 20 witnesses while the defence fielded 37.

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