Prosecutors before the Huye Intermediate Court of Huye, accused Munyenyezi, a woman suspected of crimes of Genocide against the Tutsi for her role in committing crimes of genocide in the former Butare prefecture (now Huye district) in Southern Province.
The prosecutors pinned Munyenyezi’s before the judges for personally collaborating with the Interahamwe for forming different barricades in different areas of Butare Prefecture including one at Hotel Ihuriro, where different Tutsi women were raped and a killing place for thousands of Tutsi men.
The prosecutors said that Munyenyezi with Interahamwe stationed highly patrolled roadblocks where the women were raped before being killed.
“At the Hotel Ihuriro that was owned by Shallom Ntahobatuye, women would be taken to guest rooms where they would be raped,” the prosecution submitted.
Referring to multiple testimonies of witnesses, the prosecution also accused her direct role in killing the Tutsi’s with her short gun. For instance, the prosecution accused her of killing a Tutsi nun, which the prosecution said Munyenyezi killed her after the Interahamwe raped her.
Munyenyezi, however, appearing before the court, denied all the charges.
Echoing his client, Bruce Bikotwa, the Munyenyezi’s defence lawyer told the court, the prosecution’s accusations lack enough backing to clearly convince the court on the crimes of the accused.
“The prosecutions did not do enough investigations to back up their accusations. What they have is just the witnesses’ reports,” Bikotwa told the court.
Munyenyezi is accused on the accounts of five crimes; the crimes of committing Genocide, the crime of inciting to commit genocide, and preparing the crime of genocide, complicity in the crimes of genocide, and rape during genocide.
Munyenyezi, 52, is the wife to Arsene Shalom Ntahobali and daughter-in-law to Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the woman who was convicted for rape during genocide and other crimes of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Her mother in law, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, (the former Minister of Family and Women’s Promotion) was the first woman to be convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
The next hearing is expected in September.