In Summary
  • Burundian authorities use the term 'insurrectional movement' to describe the unrest against the controversial decision of President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term in 2015, which he won in July that year.

A Burundian activist was sentenced to 32 years in prison for taking part in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza, sources said, a punishment rights groups said was "eminently political".

Germain Rukuki was given "32 years of penal servitude" at Bujumbura's district court, a civil society member who was at the hearing said Thursday on condition of anonymity, adding that neither Rukuki, who is in detention, nor his lawyers were present at the hearing.

UNREST

A judicial source confirmed to AFP Rukuki was convicted for "having participated in an insurrectional movement in order to change the constitutional regime, to have participated in the assassination of police and soldiers from May 13, 2015 and to have defaced both public and private property".

Burundian authorities use the term 'insurrectional movement' to describe the unrest against the controversial decision of President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term in 2015, which he won in July that year.

Hundreds of Burundians have since been convicted on the charge.

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