NBC News, which teamed with local police officers to trap sex offenders for its “To Catch a Predator” series, is using similar tactics to hunt war criminals, the New York Times reports. One of the first efforts, an investigation of a Maryland college professor on genocide charges, is attracting criticism from federal officials months before the program would be broadcast.
For more than a year, NBC has been investigating the possible perpetrators of human rights abuses in several countries. The case of Leopold Munyakazi, a visiting professor of French at Goucher College in Towson, Md., is the only one that has become public. In December, an NBC crew and a Rwandan prosecutor confronted Munyakazi with charges that he had participated in that country's genocide in 1994. He denied it. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it had significant concerns “that a program of this kind could negatively impact law enforcement's ability to investigate and bring cases against the perpetrators of these horrible crimes.”