(Xinhua) -- The trial of Jean Claude
Seyoboka, a Rwandan genocide suspect deported from Canada,
adjourned on Friday until Jan. 27 after requests made by the
The trail of Seyoboka began on December 1 in
the military tribunal in Nyamirambo, Kigali, where he faces
charges of complicity to genocide, genocide preparation, rape
and sexual assaults committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide
that claimed close to 1 million lives.
A former officer in genocidal army, Seyoboka was deported
from Canada in November last year after losing deportation case
in a Canadian Federal Court.
On Friday, Seyoboka asked for more time so he could sort
issues of his lawyer and prepare key defense documents.
The documents he cited include copies of his transfer which
he said would determine his status as deportee suspect or one
He also asked the court to maintain his initial lawyer
instead of one provided by Rwanda Bar Association on pro-bono
The 51 years old was previously tried and sentenced in
absentia by traditional Gacaca courts in Rwanda.
The prosecution, however, argued that there could be
deliberate delays of the case, and wanted the suspect to stick
to the free lawyer unless he proves that the lawyer is
"These are deliberate delays of the case since all procedures
were fully observed in regard to transfer of the case from
Canada to Rwanda," prosecutor Kayiranga Kayihura said.
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