Opening statements began in federal court in Concord for the second trial of 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Manchester woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could enter the United States and become a citizen.
Prosecutors say Munyenyezi ordered the rapes and murders of Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the genocide. They contend she was lying when she denied any role in the killings on papers used to enter the United States in 1995 and obtain citizenship in 2003. Munyenyezi's 2012 trial ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked.
For some background on this unique case, we talked with Tom Haines. He is an assistant professor at UNH and teaches journalism. His reporting has appeared in the Boston Globe and other publications. He’s been following this complicated story.