On 11 July 2008, the Defence closed its case against Hormisdas Nsengimana, a priest who was formerly Rector of Christ-Roi College in Nyanza, Nyabisindu commune in Butare prefecture. Nsengimana is alleged to have been among the organisers of the killing of Tutsis in Nyanza in 1994 and is charged with genocide, murder and extermination as crimes against humanity. He disputes all allegations against him.
The Defence case commenced on 2 June 2008. The Chamber heard 22Defence witnesses, including Father Nsengimana, over 20 trial days, of which several were half days. The Defence case was closed subject to the hearing of an expert witness. The Prosecution closed its case on 7 February 2008, after having called 19 witnesses.
The Chamber is conducting a visit to the alleged crime sites in Rwanda from 14 to 16 July 2008. Following the filing of closing briefs, the parties will present their oral arguments on 20 and 21 November 2008.
The Trial Chamber is composed of Judges Erik Møse, presiding, Sergei Alekseevich Egorov and Florence Rita Arrey. Nsengimana is represented by Maitre Emmanuel Altit from France and David Hooper from England. The Prosecution team is led by Senior Trial Attorney Wallace Kapaya and includes Charity Kagwi-Ndungu, Sylver Ntukamazina, Brian Wallace, Iskander Ismail and Jane Mukangira.