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Buffalo man once linked to Rwandan genocide pleads guilty

A Buffalo man once suspected of taking part in the genocide of minority Tutsi in Rwanda pleaded guilty this week to making a false statement.

Peter Kalimu, 52, admitted previously using the name "Fidele Twizere" but concealing that fact when he filled out naturalization papers to come to the United States.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Cantil said Kalimu answered “none” on the line saying, “If you have ever been known by any other names, provide them below.”

Prosecutors said a man identified as “Fidele Twizere” is suspected of being a member of the majority Hutu tribe that oversaw the mass slaughter of minority Tutsi in 1994.

Prosecutors say Kalimu's false statements prevented the Department of Homeland Security from fully investigating his background.

Kalimu will be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. on June 7.

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