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February 8, 2013

Witness in citizenship fraud case sobs on stand


Prosecutors said in opening statements they began investigating Munyenyezi after she twice testified before the ICTR that there was no roadblock in front the Butare hotel — owned by her husband’s family — where she was living during the genocide. But U.S. Department of Defense satellite photos and several witnesses so far have contradicted that. The roadblocks were used to identify Tutsis by the ethnicity listed on national identification cards.

Sebaganwa said the slaughter escalated after a Hutu MRND party leader in mid-April gave a speech broadcast on the radio calling for the annihilation of the Tutsis and referring to them as “the cockroach.”

Sebaganwa testified in Kinyarwanda, with an interpreter repeating questions and conveying his answers in English.

For the second day in row, U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe admonished lawyers to ask fewer questions and get to the point.

“It took more than 45 minutes to get to ‘I saw the roadblock,’” McAuliffe said, referring to the testimony of another Rwanda witness Thursday. “We have to do better than that.”

Testimony resumes Friday.

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