Judge Rules 1st US Genocide Case Not Complex

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge has rejected without comment a Justice Department request to designate as complex the case of an immigrant accused in the 1994 Rwandan massacre. The government says the Kansas case may be the first U.S. criminal prosecution involving proof of genocide.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot's ruling on Monday assures a speedy trial against Lazare Kobagaya, an 85-year-old Topeka man. He is charged in a a two-count federal indictment with unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2006 and fraud.

Prosecutors had filed the unopposed motion for the designation in a move to extend trial deadlines into 2010 and postpone the trial date now set for June 23. The government argued it needed more trial preparation time.

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