BOSTON (CBS) — A Rwandan man who fled his country after the 1994 genocide was in court Friday afternoon.

Jean Leonard Teganya, 46, is charged with one count of immigration fraud and one count of perjury for allegedly lying on his asylum application.

He was also ordered to be held until August 9.

If he is convicted of the charges, he could spend up to 15 years in prison.

teganya Rwandan Man Charged With Immigration Fraud, Perjury

Jean Leonard Teganya. (Photo credit: Canadian Border Services Agency)

Court documents say that before and during the genocide, Teganya was a medical student at Butare Hospital in Butare, Rwanda. The documents also allege that Teganya, a Hutu, took part in the violence against the Tutsis.

He fled from Rwanda in mid July 1994 and went to Canada, where he tried to win refugee status. Canadian authorities denied his application because of allegations that Teganya had participated in the genocide and was a supporter of the Rwandan government

The Canadian government issued a deportation order and Teganya crossed the border into the United States to avoid deportation.

He was arrested in August 2014 in Maine and applied for asylum in the U.S.

He is represented by immigration attorney Robin Nice and defense attorney Scott Lower.

Comments (2)
  1. Teganya should be extradited to Rwanda

    Many people suspected of playing role in the Genocide against the Tutsi have been involved in issues of lying immigration offices about their roles in the Genocide so they can get save haven.

    Jean-Leonard Teganya’s case is one among many. However, for this time,his trick has failed to grant him the haven. We hope the Boston court will deeply analyse his case and consider decisions by Canadian courts that had refused him asylum and instead decided for him to be extradited to Rwanda.

    If he is not extradited to Rwanda, he can simply be tried in the US because i think that what the Rwandan community needs is justice, regardless the place where it is rendered.

  2. David Foster says:

    This guy is a asylum shopper, one country says his claim is fake, so he tries again in another. No Doubt he’ll be in the EU next claiming asylum.

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