Juror Says Rwanda Conviction Of Lying NH Woman Painful

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The forewoman of the jury that convicted a New Hampshire woman of lying about her role in the Rwanda genocide to gain U.S. citizenship says it was painful and horrible to make that decision.

But Traci Booth said she and her colleagues found the prosecution witnesses to be more credible and compelling than the defense witnesses. She said she felt the defense witnesses were rehearsed.

Still, Booth said she and her fellow jurors went back to the deliberations room and sobbed after pronouncing 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi of Manchester guilty on Thursday.

She said they did not feel Munyenyezi was a villain, but believed she did check identifications at a roadblock designed to ferret out Tutsis for slaughter and was a member of an extremist Hutu political party.

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