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US jails 47-yr-old Rwandan linked to 1994 genocide for immigration fraud

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US jails 47-yr-old Rwandan linked to 1994 genocide for immigration fraud

A US federal judge in Boston on Monday sentenced a 47 year-old Rwandan man to more than eight years in prison for lying about his involvement in the East African country’s 1994 genocide.

Jean Leonard Teganya, was convicted in April of two counts of immigration fraud and three counts of perjury, BBC reports.

Teganya was sentenced for the most serious form of immigration fraud which included lying about his status as a war criminal to win asylum in the United States.

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Based on the evidence presented at the trial, Teganya committed horrendous crimes during the Rwandan genocide and then sought to deceive US immigration authorities about his past.

Federal prosecutors in Boston said they would have sought a life term had the sentencing been for murder and rape.

The Rwandan genocide began in April 1994, and for around 100 days some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis were murdered.

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