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Sentencing delay for Manchester woman convicted of lying about role in Rwandan genocide

CONCORD — A new sentencing date of July 15 was set in U.S. District Court for Beatrice Munyenyzi of Manchester, who was convicted by a federal jury in February of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in order to illegally obtain U.S. citizenship.

Her first trial ended in a mistrial in March 2012. Munyenyezi, who has been free on bond since April 2012, had been scheduled for sentencing Wednesday, but the date was changed because of an attorney schedule conflict.

Federal prosecutors say Munyenyezi, a member of the ruling Hutu party, was a ringleader of its extremist youth militia.

Prosecutors want Munyenyezi sentenced to 10 years in prison, while defense attorneys seek a sentence of less than 12 months, in hopes of enhancing her chances of being accepted for residency by another country. They say deportation to Rwanda could result in severe punishment, if not death.

U.S. District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe revoked Munyenyezi's citizenship after she was convicted.


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