Prosecution calls for life imprisonment of sacked Burundi prime minister

The prosecution in Burundi has called for former prime minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni to be sentenced to life in prison, as his trial before the Supreme Court continues in the political capital Gitega. Bunyoni, who served as prime minister from mid-2020 until September 2022, was fired shortly after President Evariste Ndayishimiye warned of a potential coup against him.

Bunyoni faces charges of threatening the president’s life, undermining national security, attempting to overthrow government institutions, destabilizing the economy, and illegal enrichment. Prosecutor Jean-Bosco Bucumi has requested a fine of around $2,500 and damages equal to twice the value of the various properties and vehicles belonging to Bunyoni.

As a former police chief and internal security minister, Bunyoni was seen as the leader of a group of military figures known as “the generals” who held significant political power in Burundi. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, claiming there is a lack of evidence against him.

The presiding judge has stated that a verdict will be issued within 30 days as the trial continues.

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