Insider Evidence

01 June 2001 by -

Georges Ruggiu, the repentant convict, delivered the strongest testimony yet against Ferdinand Nahimana before being cross-examined. The risk with Georges Ruggiu would have been to underestimate him. The contrast between the well-known radio host at Radio des Mille Collines, a man known to be easily influenced, and the robust defence team representing the radio's founder, raised doubts over whether the Belgian would withstand the rigours of cross-examination in the witness box.

Georges Ruggiu, the repentant convict, delivered the strongest testimony yet against Ferdinand Nahimana before being cross-examined. The risk with Georges Ruggiu would have been to underestimate him. The contrast between the well-known radio host at Radio des Mille Collines, a man known to be easily influenced, and the robust defence team representing the radio's founder, raised doubts over whether the Belgian would withstand the rigours of cross-examination in the witness box. Yet at the end of the first day of his testimony, on 27 February, the prosecution witness appeared relatively composed faced with the prosecutor's questions. Within a just few hours, Georges Ruggiu calmly and in most cases, precisely delivered perhaps the most damning testimony yet against Ferdinand Nahimana. Testifying after witness « X », another key player in the events of 1994 in Rwanda, Georges Ruggiu transformed the Media trial for one simple reason: he is an inside witness. This fact alone promised to give special intensity and resonance to his allegations.

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