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Prosecution to request extension of detention of six suspects

Prosecution motions for orders for an extension of the provisional detention in the cases of five persons arrested in Nairobi in July 1997 will be heard before Judge Navanethem Pillay on Monday 15 September 1997.

Those who will appear before the court are Sylvain Nsabimana, a former Prefect of Butare; Aloys Ntabakuze, a former Commander of the Para-Commando Battalion of the Rwandan Armed Forces,Gratien Kabiligi; a former General in the General Staff of the Rwandan Army, Georges Ruggiu; a former journalist and presenter on Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM); and Hassan Ngeze, a former Editor-in-Chief of a newspaper, Kangura.

On Tuesday 16 September 1997, the Prosecution will again file a similar motion, before the same Judge, for an order for an extension of the provisional detention in the case of Jean Kambanda, a former Prime Minister of Rwanda, who was also arrested with the others in Nairobi.

If granted, this will be the last period of 30 days. According to Rule 40 bis of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the Tribunal, the detention of a suspect shall not exceed 90 days, at the end of which, "in the event the indictment has not been confirmed and an arrest warrant signed, the suspect shall be released or, if appropriate, be delivered to the authorities of the requested State."

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