Jury in genocide trial breaks for weekend

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Posted: May 26, 2011 7:06 PM
Jury in genocide trial breaks for weekend

A federal jury will resume deliberations next week in the immigration fraud trial of a Kansas man accused of lying about his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The jurors deliberated about nine hours over two days before U.S. District Judge Monti Belot sent them home Thursday afternoon. They'll return Tuesday after the long Memorial Day weekend to continue deliberating the charges against 84-year-old Topeka resident Lazare Kobagaya.

The case hinges on whether jurors believe Kobagaya ordered others to commit atrocities in Rwanda, and therefore lied to U.S. immigration authorities about his background. More than 500,000 people were killed in the African nation during the 1994 ethnic slaughter.

On Thursday, three female jurors were fighting back tears when the panel returned to the courtroom in the afternoon.