USA deports Genocide suspect

On 16 April 2021 at 08:59

The United States of America (USA) has deported Béatrice Munyenyezi suspected of complicity during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi to face justice in Rwanda.

Munyenyezi is expected to arrive in Rwanda this Friday 16th April 2021.

Munyenyezi fled to USA in 2003 where she requested political refugee status.

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.

During trial proceedings, the court explained that Munyenyezi helped Genocide perpetrators to spot Tutsi at the road block set near a hotel of her father-in-law in Butare.

The court also identified her as one of key members of the then ruling political party, MRND that planned and executed Genocide against Tutsi.

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 caught the attention of the US authorities several years later after giving false testimony on behalf of her husband and mother-in-law who were later sentenced to life in prison for genocide and other crimes against humanity by an international tribunal.

Genocide suspect Beatrice Munyenyezi. Photo AP