Friday, March 1, 2024

Trial Of First High Profile Female Suspect In Rwanda Genocide Case Adjourned

The first high profile female genocide suspect, Beatrice Munyenyezi deported to Rwanda from the United States has appeared in court, where she faces seven charges relating to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Rwanda’s Investigation bureau said, Munyenyezi is suspected of murder as a genocide crime, conspiracy to commit genocide among others. Other charges include are planning of the genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, and complicity in rape.

Munyenezi who denied involvement in the genocide during her trial in the States, was deported from the States mid-April. Earlier reports said the suspected had in the past received a 10-yer ban or fraudulently obtaining U.S citizenship.

She reportedly entered the United States and secured citizenship by lying about her role in the genocide against the Tutsi. She was recently released from prison after completing her sentence, and then deported.

It was said that during the genocide, in the now Huye District, Munyenyezi would stand on roadblocks and check identifications to identify Tutsi.

The suspect is the wife of Arsene Ntahobali, who, together with his mother Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, were sentenced to life in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for their role in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Her Defence lawyer Gatera Gashabana requested for an adjournment of the hearing so his client can ‘’know the content of the file’’.

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