Kan. Man Accused in Rwandan Genocide Faces Trial
WICHITA (AP) - An 84-year-old immigrant accused of
participating in the 1994 Rwandan genocide goes on trial this week in Kansas in an immigration case.
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the case against Lazare Kobagaya. The Justice Department has said it is the first criminal case in the United States requiring proof of genocide.
Kobagaya is charged with unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2006 and with fraud and misuse of an alien registration card. The case hinges on whether Kobagaya committed atrocities in Rwanda and therefore lied when he told U.S. immigration authorities that he had never committed a crime.
An estimated 500,000 to 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda between April and July 1994.
The indictment seeks to revoke his U.S. citizenship, a move that would subject him to deportation.