Police question suspected agitators
Publish date: 16 April 2018
Issue Number: 769
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Burundi police have arrested 21 people suspected of holding meetings to ‘disrupt security’. However, several people close to those arrested reportedly told AFP they belonged to a table tennis club that is registered with the Bujumbura municipality. A report on the News24 site notes that a high-ranking security official said the suspects are being detained by the National Intelligence Services ‘and are being interrogated’. The feared SNR, which falls directly under President Pierre Nkurunziza, is considered one of the main tools of repression in Burundi. Nkurunziza has set 17 May as the date for a referendum on a controversial constitutional reform that could keep him in power until 2034.