Genocide suspect, Munyenyezi arrives in Rwanda

On 17 April 2021 at 08:24

Béatrice Munyenyezi suspected of complicity during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and crimes against humanity has been deported to Rwanda from the United States of America (USA) where she had sought asylum.

Munyenyezi arrived in Rwanda last night on 16th April 2021 around 7am, onboard KLM aircraft.

Munyenyezi was brought to Rwanda by two immigration and emigration officials in USA who handed over the suspect to Rwandan counterparts.

She was shortly arrested by Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) for further legal process.

The Acting spokesperson of RIB, Dr. Murangira B. Thierry has told the media that Munyenyezi is facing seven charges linked to her role in Genocide and crimes against humanity.

“Munyenyezi 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,” he said.

Munyenyezi has been deported to Rwanda after completing 10-year sentence handed by US court for making false statements on her role during Genocide against Tutsi to obtain nationality.

Munyenyezi and her children fled to Kenya after Genocide against Tutsi. He 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 married to Arsène Shalom Ntahobali who was convicted of complicity in Genocide against Tutsi and handed life sentence by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Munyenyezi is a daughter-in-law of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former Minister of Family and Women’s Affairs between 1992 and 1994 who was also handed life sentence.

During Genocide, Munyenyezi was a student at the National University of Rwanda (NUR). She was also a member of the ruling party, MRND.

Dr. Murangira has said that the woman was seen at different roadblocks checking identities of women and girls to be given pass or not.

When she identified a female Tutsi, Murangira explained, Munyenyezi requested Interahamwe militia to rape them at Ihuriro Hotel where Pauline Nyiramasuhuko lived.

Munyenyezi is also of accused of participating in meetings preparing Genocide and pronouncing words mobilizing killings of Tutsi.

“She once shot dead a nun using Pistol after ordering Interahamwe to rape her. She was raped at the hotel,” said Dr. Murangira.

Munyenyezi perpetrated these crimes in former Commune Ngoma, Prefecture Butare in the current Huye district.

She becomes the 5th Genocide suspect, USA deports to Rwanda following Enos Iragaba Kagaba in 2005, Jean Mary Vianney Mudahinyuka in 2011, Marie Claire Mukeshimana in 2011 and Dr. Léopold Munyakazi in 2016.

Munyenyezi, 51, has three children. She was taken to RIB station in Remera from where his files will be transferred to the Prosecution.