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Authorities in Kigali accused Beatrice Munyenyezi of crimes ranging from murder to complicity in rape.

A Rwanda woman deported by the United States after serving her sentence for lying on her naturalization application was arrested on her arrival in Rwanda, where she faced seven charges related to the 1994 genocide.

Thierry Murangira, spokesperson for the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation, said Beatrice Munyenyezi would be charged with crimes ranging from murder to complicity with rape, which occurred while she was administering a barrier in the south. Butare city.

His comments on Friday night came after Munyenyezi, who secured US citizenship in New Hampshire in 2003, was flown to the Kigali capital of Rwanda, along with US federal agents.

Munyenyezi denied the genocide-related charges in her US trial. She didn’t speak to the journalists waiting when Rwandan police arrested her when she arrived.

During the genocide from April to July 1994, about 800,000 people were slaughtered, mostly of ethnic Tutsi but also moderate Hutus.

The shield where Munyenyezi was charged with a crime lies outside a hotel in Butare owned by the couple.

Munyenyezi’s mother-in-law, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, and her husband Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, were convicted and convicted by the International Criminal Court for Rwanda in Arusha for their role in the genocide.

Munyenyezi was stripped of her US citizenship and jailed for 10 years in 2013, after being convicted by a court of perjury on important facts when she became naturalized.

Separately, French authorities on Friday said a Rwanda priest was arrested for providing, among other things, food for militants who slaughtered Tutsis in his church during the extermination. strains.

Marcel Hitayezu on Wednesday was charged with genocide and a co-perpetrator of crimes against humanity, according to the national counterterrorism prosecutor’s office.

He was arrested at his home in Montlieu-la-Garde, southwestern France, a source close to the case told AFP news agency.

“Marcel Hitayezu has denied the charges when he first appeared before the judge,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Rwanda tried to extradite Hitayezu but France’s Highest Criminal Court, the country’s Highest Criminal Court, in 2016 rejected this request, as they made a similar request by Kigali to others are suspected of having participated in the genocide.

French authorities launched an investigation into Rwanda’s allegations against Hitayezu in July 2019, three years after his request for extradition.

The regional archdiocese told AFP: “He was the priest’s representative at Montlieu-la-Garde Church on Wednesday.

“It’s great news,” Alain Gauthier, who spent years hunting people living in France suspected of having been involved in the genocide, told AFP upon learning of the arrest.

“The church must check how they have given responsibility to those suspected of participating in the genocide,” added Gauthier.

The genocide from April to July 1994 began after Rwanda’s Hutu president, Juvenal Habyarimana, with whom Paris had cultivated a close relationship, was killed when his plane was shot down in Kigali on the same day. April 6.



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