Rwanda: Man Convicted of Genocide By U.S. Court

Kigali – The US federal judge ruled that Gervais “Ken” Ngombwa, a Rwandan national, participated in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that left over a million people dead.

According to media reports, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade on Wednesday ruled that Ngombwa, 56, was a leader of MDR-Power, an extremist political party that encouraged members to exterminate Tutsis in 1994.

Ngombwa, who was already facing charges related to immigration fraud, faces more than 10 years based on evidence of genocide involvement, according to the Judge.

Last year in May Ngombwa was convicted for having falsified documents to process US citizenship.

His paperwork came on the spot after the Rwandan government wrote to their US counterparts in 2014, informing them of the man’s outstanding warrant of arrest over crimes he had committed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Naturalized as an American citizen in 2004, Ngombwa was tried in absentia by three separate Gacaca courts and handed sentences varying from 15-year imprisonment to life term.

Maranyundo, Kayumba and Nyamata Gacaca courts in Bugesera District all convicted Ngombwa for crimes he committed in their respective jurisdictions.

In September last year, during the first part of Ngombwa’s sentencing, prosecutors presented testimony from multiple witnesses, among them agents from the Department of Homeland Security and a London professor who has researched recovery and reconciliation in Rwanda since 2002.

Source: Angola Press News Agency