US Judge Refuses Again to Delay Genocide Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The prosecution of an immigrant accused of participating in the 1994 Rwandan genocide appears has been dealt a setback by a federal judge in Kansas.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot rejected a request from federal prosecutors Wednesday for more time to prepare for the trial of Lazare Kobagaya. The 85-year-old man is from the African nation of Burundi and lives in Topeka.

Kobagaya is charged with fraud and unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2006. The government says the prosecution may be the
first involving proof of genocide.

Prosecutors say authorities in a related case in Finland have restricted use of their evidence in the U.S. trial until there's an indictment in the case in that European nation.

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