Dorothée Niyonkuru, Edmond Ntakiyisumba and Beatrice Niyonizigiye, all judges at the Bururi residence court in southern Burundi and Hyacinthe Havyarimana, clerk of the same court, were assaulted on Monday by Imbonerakure youth of the ruling party CNDD-FDD, led by the head of the Mudahandwa sub hill.
According to judicial sources in Bururi, Imbonerakure had come to support a CNDD-FDD member from Mudahandwa Hill. The latter wanted to oppose the execution of a judgment rendered by the local court. One judge was injured, others were tied up. The police intervened to release the judges before arresting the head of the Mudahandwa sub hill, Marc Bihabwa. He is accused of rebellion and obstruction because he opposed the execution of a court decision.
Witnesses denounce the inaction of the police officers present at the time of the facts at first. “It took the intervention of the deputy provincial commissioner to release them when the tormentors had already taken off,” they said.