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Rwandan genocide suspect sentenced to 10 years in jail for lying to get American refugee Status

A court in the United States has sentenced a Rwandese national, Beatrice Munyenyezi , to ten years in jail for telling lies to get American refugee status. Munyenyezi is wanted by the Rwandan judiciary to answer charges related to the role she played in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Witnesses in Rwanda say she was a commander of a roadblock in the southern city of Butare, where Tutsis were singled out to be killed. As the genocide was ending in July 1994, she fled to Kenya, and in 1998 she entered the United States as a refugee. She attended university and has been working in a government office. The judge told her that after serving the ten years in the United States she will be extradited to Rwanda to answer genocide charges. About 800, 000 people, most of them Tustis, were killed in Rwanda in 1994 by Hutu Interahamwe militias. Munyenyezi shed tears in court when the judge read the sentence. Her husband, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, and his mother Pauline Nyiramasuhyko, are both serving life sentences in Rwanda, where they were convicted in 2011 of genocide charges.


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