The decision to utilize Skype for the trial was made to streamline proceedings.
As the trial commenced, the judge announced that the defense lawyer, Murangwa Faustin, had requested a postponement, citing insufficient time to adequately prepare the defense. Lawyer Murangwa clarified that the Rwanda Bar Association had appointed him to represent Kazungu shortly before the proceedings, leaving him with limited time for thorough preparation.
Kazungu Dennis, appearing via Skype, supported this request, underlining the necessity for additional time to ensure meticulous preparation and a fair trial.
Acknowledging the gravity and complexity of the crimes in question, the prosecution recognized the accused’s right to sufficient preparation time. Shyirambere Augustin’s representative, one of the complainants, accepted the postponement, expressing a desire for a prompt rescheduling.
The court has now rescheduled the trial for March 2, 2024, at 9 a.m.
Kazungu’s trial was initially slated to commence on January 5, 2024. At the prosecution’s request, it was delayed, primarily to consolidate two separate cases against him in this court.
Facing charges on ten counts, including voluntary manslaughter, torture, forced rape, concealing corpses, threats, and illegal possession of a firearm, Kazungu also stands accused of burglary, criminal trespass, forgery, and unauthorized access to computer data.
Investigations against Kazungu originated from allegations of the murder of 14 individuals and the forced rape of a woman, leading to his arrest on September 5, 2023.