Mon May 23, 2011
Wichita Courtroom Hears Atrocities from Rwandan Genocide
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A trial in Wichita this month has gathered witnesses from the other side of the world to testify about the events in a small Rwandan village during the 1994 genocide. Topeka resident Lazare Kobagaya lived there at the time, and he's accused of inciting murders and the burning of homes. It's the first time that United States Federal Courts are hearing evidence about the Rwandan genocide.
Kobagaya became a United States citizen in 2006, but his citizenship will be revoked and he'll be deported if the jury finds against him. Associated Press correspondent Roxana Hegeman has been covering this trial in Wichita - she told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about it over the phone from her newsroom.
Read more of Roxana Hegeman's coverage of the trial of Lazare Kobagaya:
Witness: Prisoners pressured to accuse Kansas man in genocide
Rwandans testify in Topekan's defenseProsecutor in US: Man ordered killings in Rwandan genocide, lied to US authorities