Man Accused of War Crimes Arrested in Maine

Jean Léonard Teganya of Rwanda entered the US illegally by simply walking over the border, without federal inspection

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man Sunday along the Maine-Canadian border who allegedly committed crimes against humanity and violated the war crimes act.

Agents from the Houlton Station responded to a citizen's report Sunday of a suspicious person walking near the international border in the Houlton area. While there, the Border Patrol said an agent found a man matching the citizen's description. During questioning, the agent learned the man, 42-year-old Jean Léonard Teganya, was from Rwanda and had entered the U.S. illegally by simply walking over the border, without federal inspection, said Customs and Border Patrol. The agent then took Teganya into custody for processing in violation if entry without inspection.

During the processing, the Customs and Border Patrol said a database verification revealed that Teganya had an active warrant in Canada for removal due to violating human or international rights under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Agents then processed him for removal and turned the case over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's office.

According to Canada's Border Services Agency, Teganya goes under several different aliases. The U.S. Border Patrol said they welcome the community's assistance and citizens can report suspicious activity 24/7 at 1-800-851-8727.

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