On 23 August 2006, the Defence closed its case in the trial of François Karera, the former Prefect of Kigali-Rural. Karera is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. Hundreds of Tutsi are alleged to have been killed on the instructions or with the encouragement of the Accused in April and May 1994 in Rushashi commune, Nyamirambo sector, and Ntarama Church, all within the Kigali area.
The trial began on 9 January 2006 before Trial Chamber I composed of judges Erik Møse, presiding, Sergei Alekseevich Egorov and Florence Rita Arrey. The Chamber heard 18 Prosecution witnesses and 25 Defence witnesses, including the Accused, over 33 trial days, 15 of which were half days.
The closing arguments of the Prosecution and Defence will be heard later.
Karera is represented by Carmelle Marchessault and Steven Kelliher, both from Canada.
The Prosecution team includes Charles Adeogun-Phillips, Adesola Adeboyejo, Peter Tafah, Memory Maposa and Florida Kabasinga.
In addition to Karera, 27 accused are presently on trial or awaiting judgement. The Tribunal has handed down judgments involving 28 persons, of whom 25 were convicted and three acquitted.