Rwandan convicted of hiding genocide role faces sentencing

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking 20 years in prison for a Rwandan man convicted of hiding his involvement in the African country’s 1994 genocide to seek asylum in the U.S.

Jean Leonard Teganya will be sentenced Monday in Boston federal court. He was convicted of immigration fraud and perjury in April.

Prosecutors say Teganya left Rwanda in July 1994 and was deported from Canada later for his role in the genocide. He fled to the U.S. and was found in Houlton, Maine. Prosecutors allege he applied for asylum and failed to disclose the extent of his involvement in the genocide.

Teganya denies any role in the genocide.

His lawyer is asking for about five years behind bars, saying Teganya will surely be sent to Rwanda after he finishes his sentence to face further prosecution.

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