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Burundi to sue BBC over document-
ary on alleged killings of opponents 

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- The Burundi government said on Thursday it is going to sue the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for publishing a “fake” documentary on alleged killings of government opponents by the Burundian intelligence agency.

“We are going to sue the BBC. Burundi as a state will be compensated, and so will be Burundian people and agents that have been defamed in that video published by the BBC,” said Burundian Justice Minister Aimee Laurentine Kanyana in Bujumbura, capital city of Burundi, after visiting a house with foreign diplomats accredited to Burundi, where the killing was allegedly made.

The BBC on Dec. 2 published a documentary that talks about six places in various neighborhoods of Bujumbura where government opponents were allegedly killed or tortured by Burundi’s National Intelligence Service after the outbreak of Burundi’s 2015 crisis triggered by the third term bid of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. 

The described human blood that was seen flowing in a drainage channel in front of the visited house in southern Bujumbura in the BBC documentary was the blood of goats, said the minister.

The Burundian National Media Council has suspended the BBC radio station from broadcasting on the Burundian territory for six months since May 7 for violating principles of “balance of information” and “rigorous verification” of sources.

Although the expected expiration date has passed, the suspension has not been lifted.



Burundi accuses Rwandan soldiers of arresting 4 Burundian fishermen

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- The Burundi public security ministry on Monday accused the Rwandan marine of arresting four Burundian fishermen Sunday in Lake Rweru waters in Kirundo province, northern Burundi.

The fishermen were “abducted” by the Rwandan marine, spokesperson for Burundian Ministry of Public Security and Disaster Management Pierre Nkurikiye said on Twitter.

They were “unlawfully captured” by Rwandan soldiers at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday as they were in Burundian waters, said Kirundo governor Alain Tribert Mutabazi in an interview with Burundi National Radio. Rwanda shares Lake Rweru with Burundi.

According to Mutabazi, one of the fishermen has evaded from the Rwandan marine.

Relations between Burundi and Rwanda have deteriorated after Burundi accused Rwanda of hosting and supporting perpetrators of the 2015 coup plot against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.



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