Burundi takes 17 in failed coup to high court

Burundi has taken 17 people to the high court for their involvement in the coup to oust President Pierre Nkurunzinza.

Burundi takes 17 in failed coup to high court

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Burundi took 17 people suspected of involvement in a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunzinza to the high court on Saturday, relatives of some of the accused said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to fears of reprisals, family members of two of the accused men told Reuters the suspects had raw wounds on their bodies and one of them had lost hearing in one of his ears due to a beating in the cells.

A fresh wave of anti-regime demonstrationsalso  broke out Saturday in Burundian capital Bujumbura against plans by President Pierre Nkurinziza to seek a third term in office.

Protesters blocked several major streets and erected barricades in a number of neighborhoods in the capital.

"We have no one but ourselves to depend on, and now we are in a war against the army and police," Philippe Ryumeko, a young protester from the neighborhood of Nyakabiga, told Anadolu Agency.

Demonstrators and human rights activist also lamented the absence of coverage of developments in the country by private media.

Innocent Muhozi, head of the privately-owned broadcasting network Renaissance, told Anadolu Agency that "the only radio station available now is the national one, which only broadcasts pro-regime messages."

The situation remains tense in Burundi after a group of generals on Wednesday led by former intelligence chief Godefroid Niyombare announced the dismissal of Nkurunziza, who was in Tanzania at the time to attend a regional summit.

The following day, however, Nkurunziza returned to Burundi, announcing that the coup attempt had failed.

On Friday, Burundian security forces arrested three leaders of the failed coup attempt against Nkurunziza.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2015, 17:52