NH woman silent amid Rwanda genocide allegations

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 1:35 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Amid searing testimony by survivors of the Rwanda genocide, a New Hampshire woman sentenced to 10 years in prison after she was found guilty of lying about her role in the 1994 atrocity has said nothing.

Through two trials, 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi (moon-yehn-YEH'-zee) of Manchester sat silently. She chose not to speak on her own behalf at her sentencing Monday in federal court in Concord. The Rwanda native also declined requests for interviews.

The judge who sentenced her said she participated in the deliberate and hateful mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis in the African nation.

Her lawyers say the maximum sentence she received will spare her from imminent deportation to Rwanda — a move they say would amount to a death sentence.

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