9 Burundi Coup Plotters Escape Life Sentence, Receive 30-Year Jail Terms

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Burundi Supreme Court on Monday 9th May 2016 slapped life sentence on 21 army officers supposedly involved in plotting a coup on May 2015 against Pierre Nkurunziza.

Nine of the plotters received 30-year jail terms while eight other officers were jailed for five years. Seven others were acquitted.

Initial judicial source reported that 21 officers including the main accused, General Cyrille Ndayirukiye were sentenced to life. Prosecutors had pushed for all to receive life sentence but the court reversed their plea.

Burundi has been in turmoil April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a controversial third term, sparking street unrests, the failed coup, regular killings and smoldering violence.

The violence has left hundreds killed while a quarter of a million people have fled Burundi.


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