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Conflict and strife continue to bedevil the central African state of Burundi with the UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein raising warning flags over the escalation of violence coupled with chilling allegations of security forces behind the gang rape assaults on women, ethnic genocides and mass graves.
At the same time four ex generals have been sentenced to life in prison for their part in the failed, Burundi May coup, whilst nine others from both the army and police, were sentenced to 30 years in prison for their role and banned from holding public office for a period of 10 years.
The bloodshed was triggered by the President, Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office.
The convicted coup ‘strategists’, were charged and found guilty of being behind the failed coup, murdering security officers in the army and police along with members of the public and destruction of buildings.
In their defence, the convicted coup leaders gave the government’s brutal repression of anti- Pierre Nkurunziz’s government protests as justification for their defiance through the failed coup. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
photo-yahoo-Burundian protesters carry a man wounded in clashes with police in Bujumbura, on May 12 .