Rwanda    COURT ADJOURNS TRIAL OF BISHOP
The trial of a Catholic bishop charged with genocide was adjourned for two weeks on Monday to give the defendant a chance to get medical supervision for his high blood pressure.
   Presiding Judge Jariel Rutaremara ruled that Augustin Misago, who has pleaded innocent to eight charges of genocide, complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, will be given 14 days rest.
   The 56-year-old bishop, who faces a mandatory death sentence if convicted, did not attend Monday's proceedings because of his high blood pressure, defence attorney Alfred Pognon said.
   Closing arguments will be heard on May 9 when the trial resumes.
   In a highly publicised trial that has strained Rwanda's relations with the Vatican, Misago has denied charges that he sent three priests and more than 10 schoolchildren to their deaths by denying them shelter in his parish. When the massacres began in April 1994, he was the top church authority in the southern Gikongoro Diocese where tens of thousands died.
   
AP
27/4/00

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