Members of the Finland judiciary are in Tanzania to continue hearing testimonies in the case of Genocide suspect Francois Bazaramba, The New Times has learnt.
A former pastor at a Baptist church in the Southern province, Bazaramba is accused of planning and carrying out massive killings during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
A source familiar with the case said yesterday that the Finnish East Uusimaa District Court will in the course of the next two weeks interview defense witnesses from various countries who will converge in Dar es Salaam. “It is expected that the biggest number of witnesses to testify will come from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi,” the source said.
During the trial in the Finish district of Porvoo, the court ruled that the 58-year-old Genocide suspect should be handed a life sentence for the atrocities he committed.
Bazaramba, 58, sought asylum in Finland in 2002 and has been in detention since 2007.
Media agencies quote the court’s secretary Petra Spring-Reiman as saying that 19 witnesses are expected.
Bazaramba will follow the trial by video link from a jail in Vantaa.
The prosecution said that Bazaramba committed genocide with the intent to destroy partly or totally, a large population of the Tutsi.