The US court’s decision to dismiss Beatrice Munyenyezi’s appeal on the ten-year sentence to be served in the US jail was warmly welcomed by the Rwandan government.
Beatrice Munyenyezi, wife to Arsene Shalom Ntahobari, the notorious head of the Interahamwe militia in Butare arrived in UAS in 1994. Her mother-in-law is the infamous former Gender Minister, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, convicted by the ICTR in Arusha of genocide, the only woman to have been tried and convicted by the UN court.
In February 2013, Munyenyezi accused of providing false information while applying for US citizenship. She had stated that she had never participated in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Shortly after, the Manchester City Court of the State of New Hampshire, under Judge Steven Mc Auliffe discovered that Munyenyezi played a role in the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994.
According to Dr. Jean Damascène Bizimana, executive secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), the decision shows that the United States is aware of its role in delivering justice and fighting impunity against geniocidaires.
"The CNLG welcomes this decision because Munyenyezi is a notorious genocidaire given her role in the murders that occured in the Town of Huye where she orchestrated murders with her husband and mother-in-law," said Bizimana
Through numerous testimonies, Beatrice Munyenyezi was described as a high personality of the former ruling party, the MRND, which designed and executed the 1994 Tutsi genocide.