Manchester Woman Tied to Genocide

Lynne Tuohy, Concord Monitor, June 25, 2010

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Beatrice Munyenyezi, 40, of Manchester was indicted yesterday on two counts of lying to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Federal prosecutors say Munyenyezi directed kidnapping, rape and murder during the genocide, in which about 800,000 people were killed during an ethnic bloodletting.

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Prosecutors say Munyenyezi lied about her connection to the genocide when applying for entry into the United States in 1995. Because of the genocide, the State Department developed a Rwandan questionnaire in an attempt to weed out genocide participants. Munyenyezi denied having any role in the genocide.

She entered New York City in March 1998 as a refugee. On April 29, 2003, Munyenyezi was sworn in as a U.S. citizen in Concord.

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