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U.S. Border Patrol Arrest Wanted Rwandan at Maine/Canada Border, Alleged Violator of Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes

Release Date: 
August 6, 2014

HOULTON, Maine— On Aug. 3, a U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Houlton Station, responded to a citizen’s report of a suspicious person walking near the international boundary between the United States and Canada in the Houlton area. 

While responding to the area, an agent encountered an individual matching the description given during the citizen’s report. During questioning, the agent learned the male subject, 42, a citizen of Rwanda entered the United States illegally by walking across the international boundary from Canada. Subsequently, the subject was taken into custody and transported to the Houlton Station for further processing in violation of 8 USC 1325, Entry Without Inspection. 

Further database verification revealed that subject had an active Canada-wide warrant for removal from Canada for violating human or international rights under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

The subject was processed for removal and turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s office of Enforcement and Removal Operations.

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