N.H. woman convicted of lying about role in Rwanda genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi
matt kalinowski
Beatrice Munyenyezi

CONCORD, N.H. — Jurors have convicted a New Hampshire woman of lying to obtain U.S. citizenship by denying her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

The guilty verdict on Thursday comes nearly a year after 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi’s case ended in mistrial.

Prosecutors called upon new witnesses in the second trial. They placed Munyenyezi at a checkpoint where Tutsis were identified and ordered killed.


Prosecutor John Capin said Munyenyezi, of Manchester, lied on applications to enter the U.S. as a refugee in 1995 and to obtain citizenship in 2003.

Defense Attorney Mark Howard says Munyenyezi walked out of the same federal courthouse 10 years ago as a U.S. citizen. He says she is an innocent American citizen.