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Manchester Man Charged With Lying About Role In Rwandan Genocide To Procure U.S. Citizenship

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

          CONCORD – Idrissa Gasana, 53, of Manchester, was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with procuring citizenship or naturalization unlawfully based in part on providing false information about his participation in the Rwandan genocide.

          The indictment alleges that Gasana provided false and fraudulent information about material facts on his application for naturalization as a United States citizen. One of the documents which Gasana is alleged to have falsified is a “Questionnaire for Rwandan Visa Applicants” which seeks to determine whether those seeking refugee status in the United States participated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The indictment alleges that at the time of his naturalization as a United States citizen, Gasana was an inadmissible alien because he had participated in the Rwandan genocide.

          Gasana was arrested on February 6, 2020. He is being held in custody pending a detention hearing on February 11, 2020.

          This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Georgiana L. Konesky and Seth R. Aframe.

          An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 




Updated February 6, 2020

Press Release Number: 20-020