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Both sides make closing arguments in Rwandan genocide case

May 25, 2011

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— Prosecutors tell a Wichita jury that justice has finally caught up with a Kansas man accused of participating in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

But lawyers for 84-year-old Lazare Kobagaya say the prosecution's case rests on lies told by admitted killers.

Both sides gave closing arguments Wednesday in Kobagaya's federal trial on charges of unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2006. The Topeka resident is accused of lying to U.S. immigration officials about his participation in the Rwanda's ethnic mass killings.

Defense attorney Kurt Kerns says there's evidence that the charges against Kobagaya are fabricated. He reminded the jury that two leaders of a Rwandan prison court testified that prosecutors had a list of people they wanted accused.

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