Munyenyezi appears before court

On 28 April 2021 at 03:22

Béatrice Munyenyezi, a Genocide suspect who was recently deported from the United States of America (USA) has appeared before Kicukiro Primary Court for or bail or remand hearing.

Munyenyezi Munyenyezi is facing seven charges linked to her role in Genocide and crimes against humanity. She faces charges of manslaughter as Genocide crime, preparation of Genocide, direct or indirect mobilization to perpetrate Genocide, conspiracy during Genocide, extermination as a crime against humanity and conspiracy to commit rape.

She appeared before court for the first time with her defense lawyer, Gatera Gashabana. The second defense lawyer, Buhuru Pierre Célestin was not present.

Gatera told the court that they were informed of the hearing in the evening of Tuesday 27th April 2021 before sending files to the client and sitting with her for preparations.

Gatera told the court that he met with his client once on Tuesday and spent together 20 minutes only. He requested the court to adjourn the hearing for further preparations.

Gatera said that his client was not granted access to documents connected to her case.

Munyenyezi was deported from USA to Rwanda in the night of 16th April 2021 after completing 10-year sentence handed by US court for making false statements on her role during Genocide against Tutsi to obtain nationality.

Gatera told the court that they wrote to her clients’ defense lawyers in USA to send evidences connected to Munyenyezi’s hearing.

Munyenyezi has also said, she didn’t receive her files, that she should be granted access to the archives brought from USA and be allowed to speak to her family.

The Prosecution explained that the lawsuit was filed to the court on Monday noting that the suspect has rights to review her files and consult with defense lawyers once the court analyzes the request and confirms another date.

The court postponed the hearing to Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 9am.

Munyenyezi and her children fled to Kenya after Genocide against Tutsi. She applied for US refugee status in 1995 disguising as one of people affected by Genocide.

Munyenyezi settled in Manchester, New Hampshire, with three young daughters in 1998 after claiming to have been persecuted in Rwanda.

She was granted US nationality in 2003.

Ten years later, she was stripped of US nationality on 21st March 2013 after Manchester Court in New Hampshire State convicted her of complicity during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and making false statements to obtain nationality.

She appealed against the ruling in 2017 but the decision was retained.
Munyenyezi was born in 1970.