On 6 September 2007, the Defence of Colonel Tharcisse Renzaho former Préfet of Kigali–Ville presented its 27th and final witness before Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The presentation ended the trial which started on 8 January 2007.
In all, the parties presented 53 witnesses in the course of 49 trial days. The Prosecution called 26 witnesses and closed its case on 6 March 2007 while the Defence commenced its case on 14 May 2007.
Renzaho, born in 1944 in Kibungo Préfecture, is facing six counts charging him with genocide, alternatively complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity for murder and rape, and serious violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol II. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on 3 June 2005 during his initial appearance. The case is heard by Trial Chamber I, composed of Judges Erik Møse (Norway), presiding, Sergei Alekseevich Egorov (Russian Federation) and Florence Rita Arrey (Cameroon).
Tharcisse Renzaho was arrested on 29 September 2002 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and transferred to the UN Detention Facility on 30 September 2002. He is represented by François Cantier from France and Mr Barnabé Nekui (Cameroon). The Prosecution team is led by Senior Trial Attorney Jonathan Moses, and includes Katya Melluish and Ignacio Tredici.