Judge Grants Bond for Kansas Genocide Suspect

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ An immigrant in Kansas who is suspected of
participating in genocide in Rwanda in 1994 is expected to be
released on bond until his trial on immigration charges.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Bostwick on Wednesday agreed to allow 82-year-old Lazare Kobagaya to be released from jail on a $50,000 unsecured bond that will be co-signed by three of his children. He will be confined to his Topeka home.

During Wednesday's hearing, Kobagaya pleaded not guilty to federal charges of unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2006 and fraud and misuse of an alien registration card.

The Justice Department alleges Kobagaya lied during naturalization proceedings in Wichita by claiming he did not live in Rwanda during the genocide.

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