New Hampshire, USA — A federal judge in New Hampshire on Monday sentenced Beatrice Munyenyezi to the maximum 10 years in prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, saying the United States cannot be a haven for those who slaughter out of hatred and ignorance.
She remained stoic as U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe sentenced her. She declined her right to address the court.
Munyenyezi, 43, was convicted in February of entering the United States and securing citizenship by lying about her role as a commander of one of the notorious roadblocks where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter. She also denied affiliation with any political party, despite her husband's leadership role in the extremist Interahamwe militia.
"She was not a mere spectator," McAuliffe said. "I find this defendant was actively involved, actively participated, in the mass killing of men, women and children simply because they were Tutsis."
More than a million Tutsis were killed in a campaign of mass murder planned and orchestrated by Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi extremists during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Once Munyenyezi serves her prison sentence, she could be deported to Rwanda.