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Former Burundi Prime Minister Sentenced To Life In Prison

By Chris Thompson

The former Prime Minister of Burundi, Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni has been sentenced to life in prison.

CONVERSEER learned that Bunyoni was sentenced on Friday by the Burundi’s Supreme Court.

According to Africanews, Bunyoni was convicted on charges including attempting to overthrow the government, illicit enrichment and destabilising the economy, a judicial source said.

The former general was named PM in July 2020 and then dismissed in September 2022.

His ouster came just days after President Evariste Ndayishimiye warned of a “coup” plot against him.

The court sitting in session at the prison where Bunyoni was detained followed the prosecution’s requests.

It also ordered the authorities to confiscate four houses and buildings as well as a land parcel and 14 vehicles belonging to Bunyoni.

Five others in the dock including the two main co-defendants, a police colonel and a senior intelligence agent, received “sentences ranging from three years to 15 years.”

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The seventh defendant, a driver, was acquitted, the judicial source added.

51-year-old Bunyoni pleaded not guilty to all charges at the start of the trial. At the time, he said he should be acquitted because of a lack of evidence.

A close ally of former president Pierre Nkurunziza, Bunyoni was an influential figure in the ruling CNDD-FDD party.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson is an international writer with expertise in politics, business and public affairs.

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