Rwandan guilty of lying about role in genocide gets 8 years

BOSTON (AP) — A Rwandan man convicted of concealing his involvement in the African country’s 1994 genocide in the hopes of winning asylum in the U.S. has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Jean Leonard Teganya did not speak before he was sentenced Monday in Boston federal court for immigration fraud and perjury convictions.

Teganya denies playing any role in the genocide.

Prosecutors say Teganya lied on his asylum application to hide his involvement in the genocide, during which some 800,000 people were slaughtered. Prosecutors say he participated in at least seven murders and five rapes.

Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said he struggled to come up with the appropriate sentence as Teganya is accused of horrific crimes but was charged and convicted only of lying, not the rapes and murders.

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