• More than one million Rwandans were killed in the 1994 genocide, 94% of whom were Tutsi.
  • Beatrice Munyenyezi oversaw a roadblock that identified and killed the Tutsi while also encouraging rape on the women.
  • Her husband Arsene Shalom Ntahobali is serving a 47-year jail term after being convicted in 2013.

Rwanda is determined to bring to book the all the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of more than a millions Rwandans while displacing more than two million others.

One Beatrice Munyenyezi was on Wednesday presented in a Kigali court of landing from the United States of America where she had just served a 10-year jail term.

The 51-year-old mother of three was found guilty by the American justice system for lying about her role in the genocide that occurred 27 years ago, to obtain citizenship.

Rwandan native living in US for 15 years is jailed for decade for her role in country's genocide | Daily Mail Online
The 1994 genocide claimed the lives of more than a millions Rwandans while displacing more than two million others. Right is Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi during her sentencing by as U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe for her role in the Rwandan genocide. PHOTO/COURTESY

Munyenyezi who arrived in Kigali on April 17 appeared briefly at the Kigali court and her pre-trial hearing was adjourned to next week on request by her defence team.

“I did not have enough time to prepare the case because it is not possible to see my client. It is only yesterday evening that they gave us 20 minutes together to discuss the case,” her lawyer Gatera Gashabana said shortly after the hearing.

The quinquagenarian who was nicknamed “The Commander”, oversaw a roadblock that identified and killed the Tutsi while also encouraging rape on the women.

Beatrice Munyenyezi
Beatrice Munyenyezi (centre) is escorted by police officers at the Kicukiro Primary Court in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 28, 2021. PHOTO/AFP

Statistics indicate that 1,074,017 people were killed in the genocide, 94% of whom were Tutsi and thousands of widows, many of whom were subjected to rape, are HIV-positive.

“The Commander”, faces┬áseven charges of genocide crimes, among them rape, murder, extermination and conspiracy to commit genocide.

The husband Arsene Shalom Ntahobali is serving a 47-year jail term after being convicted in 2013 for leading the Interahamwe militia that was behind brutal atrocities against the Tutsi.

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