Judge denies woman’s appeal bid in Rwanda genocide case

Associated Press
Friday, September 01, 2017

A federal judge has denied a bid for an appeal from a woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Beatrice Munyenyezi was convicted and sentenced in 2013 in the same federal courthouse in New Hampshire where she was granted citizenship a decade earlier. She’s serving her sentence in a federal prison in Alabama and faces deportation afterward.

Munyenyezi, who is in her 40s, was convicted of lying about her role as a commander of one of the notorious roadblocks where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter. She also denied affiliation with any political party, despite her husband’s leadership role in the extremist Hutu militia party.

U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe on Thursday found no merit in Munyenyezi’s arguments that her lawyers were ineffective and her case was hurt by pretrial publicity.