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Rwandan Wanted for War Crimes Illegally Crosses U.S. Border

Rwandan Wanted for War Crimes Illegally Crosses U.S. Border

A Rwandan national wanted in Canada for violating human rights was detained illegally walking across the U.S.-Canada border this week. 

Jean Leonard Teganya was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol after a local citizen in northern Maine notified officials of a “suspicious person” along the border, according to a Reuters report.

Teganya has been accused of violating international law and Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act in Canada. 

According to Reuters, in 1994, during the genocide in Rwanda, Teganya and his families left the African nation and Teganya eventually arrived in Quebec seeking asylum. 

Canada did not, however, provide the Rwandan with asylum status after he admitted to being involved in a slaughter of 200 Tutsis. Teganya claimed that if he returned to Rwanda, where his father is currently being held for war crimes, he could be punished and tortured. 

Teganya has been ordered for removal from Canada and is now in removal proceedings from the U.S. 

A Border Patrol spokeswoman told Reuters that a judge would decide whether Teganya would be sent back to Canada or Rwanda. 

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