Burundi sentences 34 accused of coup attempt; all in exile

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi has sentenced 34 people to life in prison after accusing them of a coup attempt against the former president, but all are living in exile. Many of those sentenced were informed only this week of the Supreme Court’s ruling made last year and seen by The Associated Press. The accused include a former army chief, journalists and human rights activists. A lawyer for one of them dismissed the ruling as “a political decision” and accused Burundi’s judiciary of being under the ruling party’s sway. Burundi saw a violent crackdown on protests in 2015 when then-President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to pursue a third term.last_img

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