Topeka resident Lazare Kobagaya (luh-ZAR coh-buh-GEYE-uh) made his first appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Wichita. He faces is charged with unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2006 and fraud. The indictment seeks to revoke his U.S. citizenship.
Prosecutors contend Kobagaya lied during naturalization proceedings and concealed that he had lived in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. The government alleges he helped in the slaughter of hundreds of Tutsis.
A son of Kobagaya, Dr. Andre Kandy, said Friday that his father was in Rwanda as a Burundi refugee. But Kandy says his father speaks little English and probably misunderstood the question during the naturalization proceedings.
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