surprised the tribunal, when she
suddenly asked Bagosora's
The witness, Mrs Kavaruganda
, was the wife of Joseph Kavaruganda
, formerpresident of the Constitutional Court
in Rwanda who was assassinated onApril 7, 1994 shortly after the death in a plane crash of former presidentJuvenal Habyarimana.Mrs Kavaruganda
is the 32nd witness called by the prosecution and she
wastestifying for the second day in the trial where four senior officers in the
started falling out with Habyarimana over the latter'srefusal to sign the Arusha peace accords that would see his
government sharepower with the rebel Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) now in power in Kigali.Joseph Kavaruganda
was supposed to swear in the new government.Mrs Kavaruganda
had testified the previous day that that shortly after the
Less than three weeks later, Kavaruganda
was dead.Mrs Kavaruganda
identified one of her husband's abductors as Captain Kabera,
was never seen again.
The witness told the tribunal that prior to 1991, the family had goodrelations with Habyarimana and that Kavaruganda had even been a member of
the central committee of the MRND
Raphael Constant continues cross-examining Mrs. Kavaruganda
...Arusha, November 27th, 2003 (FH) The wife of Joseph Kavaruganda, the former president of the Constitutional court who was assassinated on April 7, 1994, described before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR9 how her husband kidnapped by soldiers of the Presidential Guards.
Called as the 32nd prosecution witness, in the trial of four senior army officers in the former Rwandan army (ex-FAR), Mrs. Kavaruganda
refused protective measures offered to her
by the tribunal and testified openly.The widow currently lives in Belgium.She explained that shortly after the shooting down of President Juvenal Habyarimanas plane, soldiers began cordoning off the Kimihurura residential area in Kigali and started evacuating ministers from the MRND (former ruling party)Mrs. Kavaruganda cited among those evacuated that night, the former minister of health, Dr. Casimir Bizimungu, and the former minister of transport and communications, André Ntagerura.
At one moment, Mrs. Kavaruganda
broke down in tears as memories as she
recalled the events.
The interim government was sworn in on April 9, two days after the murder of Joseph Kavaruganda
.After receiving death threats form the soldiers and watching helplessly as they looted her house at will, Mrs. Kavaruganda and her children were taken to the Canadian embassy with the help of Minister Bizimungu.
continues with her