Nyamwasa might testify

Prosecutors in the attempted murder trial of Kayumba Nyamwasa secured a victory.

FILE PICTURE: Lieutenant General Kayumba Nyamwasa during his time in the Rwandan Army. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - State prosecutors in the attempted murder trial of former Rwandan army Lieutenant General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, secured their first victory on Tuesday, in the politically-sensitive case.

Six foreign men are accused of trying to kill the exiled general in 2010 near his home in Atholl, Johannesburg.

Nyamwasa, who was convicted in his home country for terrorism, was shot in the stomach and wounded during an attack.

The case is a diplomatically sensitive trial involving former soldiers, shadowy secret funders and allegations of political intrigue.

If all goes according to plan, prosecutors will call Nyamwasa to testify on Wednesday.

The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court ruled in the state's favour on Tuesday, during a trial within a trial to determine the admissibility of crucial evidence.

This means the state will now be able to use confessions and point out statements against three of the accused.

The Tanzanian and Rwandan nationals are accused of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

One of the accused was Nyamwasa's chauffeur at the time of the shooting.