Aug 21, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Trial in Manchester brings Rwandan genocide to NH
Beatrice Munyenyezi of Manchester is accused of personally participating in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, then lying about it to enter the United States and gain citizenship. She is set to stand trial on fraud charges in U.S. District Court in Concord Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors allege Munyenyezi, 41, was a member and active supporter of the ruling ethnic Hutu party and a ring leader in its radical youth militia — along with her husband, Arsene Shalom Ntahobari.
Munyenyezi, who came to Manchester in 2002, was arrested in 2010.
Prosecutors claim the Hutus carried out systematic and widespread killings of members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group and that Munyenyezi oversaw and participated in killings, rapes and kidnappings of numerous people — mostly Tutsi — from a roadblock in front of a Butare hotel.
The killings that began in April 1994 ended in July when Tutsi rebels invaded Rwanda from neighboring countries and defeated the interim government. An estimated 500,000 to 800,000 people were killed during the three-month period commonly known as the Rwanda genocide.
Munyenyezi denies any involvement and, in court records, claims she, her husband and their 1-year-old child fled Rwanda when the established government destabilized in the summer of 1994.
Munyenyezi was four months pregnant with twins when the family escaped to Kenya, where she gave birth in November 1994.
She was living in Manchester when she became a U.S. citizen.
Munyenyezi is charged in a two-count 2010 indictment with lying about her alleged participation in the Rwandan genocide on her applications to procure her naturalization and citizenship.
A number of defense and government witnesses will testify at her trial, which will last four to six weeks.
Jury selection begins Wednesday.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Homeless man faces DWI charges in Dover - 0
- Amherst couple charged in sale of lost wedding ring - 0
- Donation jar thief said to be Bay State man - 0
- Police say video surveillance captured drug sellers and buyers in Laconia - 2
- Pair indicted by Coos County grand jury over robbery, beating - 0
- Litchfield police find pot growing operation - 0
- North Stratford man charged with cheating pair in lumber deal - 0
- Police say ex-sports editor admitted to child sex abuse image addiction - 1
- Hearing set for Abby Hernandez's alleged kidnapper - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Manchester man arrested for aggravated drunk driving - 0
- Dan Tuohy's Granite Status: Senate hopefuls trade outsourcing criticism - 0
- Obama's indecision: In NH, only Ayotte urges action - 21
- Concealed controversy: Our 'Mother, may I' gun policy - 19
- Delana and Samuel Curtis — a marriage not made in heaven - 0
- Another View -- Frank Guinta: I am uniquely qualified to represent NH in Congress - 9
- Free school meals rejected as Manchester board bucks federal program - 39
- Proposed hike for Manchester's driver education course reversed - 1
- With SNHU merger on hold, search renewed for NHIA president - 0
Market Basket: 'So close, yet so far'
Obama waits: A terror threat grows
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917