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Rwanda Prosecutor General Says Convicted Rwandan In USA Wanted For Genocide Crimes Back Home

Despite having been convicted of hiding his involvement in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in an attempt to win asylum in the U.S, Rwanda’ prosecutor general says Jean Leonard Teganya is still “a wanted genocide fugitive.”

Tenganya was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison.

Back home, a dossier awaits him for participating in at least seven murders and five rapes during the genocide against the Tutsis.

He was found guilty in April of immigration fraud and perjury after authorities say he lied on his asylum application to portray himself as a victim rather than a perpetrator of the massacre.

“It is important to recall that Teganya is a wanted genocide fugitive and his conviction is only related to immigration fraud and perjury in connection with his application for assylum in the U.S., however, this is a step towards accountability,” Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana said on Tuesday.

Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said he struggled with his sentencing decision, noting the enormity of the tragedy and the allegations against Teganya, but also that the man was not charged in his courtroom of the rapes and murders.

“The basic question is: Do I sentence him as a liar or do I sentence him as a murderer, or a rapist, or genocide participant?” Saylor asked.

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