Int'l court postpones hearing for Rwandan suspect

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Posted: Aug 16, 2011 11:38 AM
Int'l court postpones hearing for Rwandan suspect

International Criminal Court judges have postponed a crucial pretrial hearing for a Rwandan accused of war crimes in Congo, saying they cannot guarantee it would be conducted fairly.

In a decision Tuesday, judges blamed their last-minute decision on "disclosure-related issues," but did not elaborate.

Callixte Mbarushimana had been scheduled to appear for a hearing Wednesday at which judges would decide whether or not to confirm 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Mbarushimana's lawyer, Nick Kaufman, said he is disappointed by the decision. Kaufman says he had objected to some prosecution evidence, but had not requested a postponement.

Prosecutors had no immediate comment.