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Genocide suspect charged in Kansas immigrant case

WICHITA, Kan. | Federal authorities have indicted an immigrant from Rwanda who is suspected of participating in genocide.

A two-count federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Wichita charges Lazare Kobagaya with unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2006 and fraud. The indictment was initially filed under seal in January.

The indictment alleges Kobagaya lied during naturalization proceedings in Wichita by claiming he had lived in Burundi from 1993 to 1995. It contends he concealed that he had lived in Rwanda during the Tutsi genocide in 1994 and participated in genocide.

The government alleges that in April 1994 Kobagaya directed a gathering of Hutu to burn down houses belonging to the Tutsi and participated in the attacks and killings of Tutsi.

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