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Jurors to hear from Rwandan witnesses in trial of woman who denied involvement in genocide
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ' Jurors in the case of a New Hampshire woman charged with lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide will hear witnesses from that tiny African nation detail the brutality.
Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi (moon-yehn-YEH-zee) lied on applications to enter the United States in 1995 and obtain citizenship in 2003. They say she ordered the rapes and murders of Tutsis in Butare during the 3-month genocide that killed about 800,000 people. She denies any involvement.
She entered the United States in 1998 and was sworn in as a U.S. citizen in 2003, in the same Concord courthouse where testimony begins Thursday. Lawyers on both sides will make opening statements before the first witness is called.
The jury of eight men and four women was chosen Wednesday.