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Rwandan Man Accused of War Crimes Arrested Crossing Into US

FILE - Ouellete's Gaz Bar, background, sits in Estcourt Station, Maine, 150 feet from the U.S. border with Canada at the town of Pohenegamook, Quebec.FILE - Ouellete's Gaz Bar, background, sits in Estcourt Station, Maine, 150 feet from the U.S. border with Canada at the town of Pohenegamook, Quebec.
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FILE - Ouellete's Gaz Bar, background, sits in Estcourt Station, Maine, 150 feet from the U.S. border with Canada at the town of Pohenegamook, Quebec.
FILE - Ouellete's Gaz Bar, background, sits in Estcourt Station, Maine, 150 feet from the U.S. border with Canada at the town of Pohenegamook, Quebec.
Reuters

A Rwandan man accused of war crimes was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in northern Maine after a local citizen reported a "suspicious person" walking near the Canadian border, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, a Rwandan who authorities said had violated international law and the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, walked across the border into the United States illegally on Sunday when he was spotted, accordingto a statement issued by the Department of Homeland Security. He was later detained and processed for removal from the United States, a spokeswoman said.

According to Canadian court documents, Teganya, an ethnic Hutu, and his family fled Rwanda during that country's civil war in 1994. He traveled first to Congo, then Kenya, and India, before finally entering Quebec to seek asylum.

Thousands of people fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

A Canadian immigration agency denied Teganya refugee status, saying he was complicit in the killing of 200 Tutsis at a hospital where he was a medical intern during the genocide. Teganya, the son of a convicted war criminal in Rwanda serving a 22-year sentence, told a judge he could be detained and subject to torture and punishment if returned to Rwanda.

After multiple appeals, a Canadian court issued a warrant for Teganya's removal from Canada. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said formal charges had yet to be filed and that a judge would ultimately determine whether Teganya would be returned to Rwanda, or Canada.

 

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by: workingman from: usa
August 11, 2014 4:24 PM
the didn't catch anyone they sacrificed this guy so they would have some good news to serve up to the sheeple


by: paul from: Connecticut
August 09, 2014 9:17 PM
You mean neither Quebec nor the US gave him asylum, free housing, free medical, and a beautiful wife? This is Twilight Zone Weird.


by: Chris Balestra
August 08, 2014 2:45 PM
Well if the plan is to just ship him back to Rwanda; may as well just execute him here rather than wasting tax dollars. He's surely doomed if he is sent back.

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by: Random Guy from: Not There
August 08, 2014 4:52 PM
Chris, if he were to go back to Rwanda, there is a large chance he would be let free. Rwanda dealt with the perpetrators of the genocide in a very unorthodox way. They had 1.2 million court cases to go through. A vast amount of those people were let free and encouraged to ask for forgiveness and help the ones they hurt so much. I encourage you to read this article if you're interested:

http://www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/rwanda/about/bgjustice.shtml

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by: Joe karney
August 08, 2014 4:42 PM
The amount of money spent to send him back to Rwanda would be next to nothing. The amount of money spent to execute him the "American way" millions of dollars. Send him back and let the families of the people he killed have justice, they will get none if he stays here I can promise that.

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