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Burundi: Further information on torture: Jean Minani, peasant farmer, Tharcisse Nzimpora, bike taximan and 10 others

, Index number: AFR 16/012/1995

Following appeals made by AI, the Burundi Minister of Justice, M. Melchior Ntahobama, has formally requested in a letter, copied to AI, that the Procureur general investigate and report on the above-mentioned cases.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 16/12/95
Distr: UA/SC
9 June 1995
Further information (1) on UA 77/95 (AFR 16/04/95, 27 March 1995) - Torture
BURUNDIJean MINANI, peasant farmer
Tharcisse NZIMPORA, bike taximan
and ten others
Following appeals made by Amnesty International, the Burundi Minister of
Justice, Monsieur Melchior Ntahobama, has formally requested in a letter, copied
to Amnesty International, that the Procureur général (Procurator) investigate
and report on the above-mentioned cases. The letter is dated 12 May 1995.
The twelve, who were suspected of involvement in the assassination of the former
mayor of Bujumbura, Lieutenant Colonel Lucien Sakubu, were tortured during
interrogation at the Brigade spéciale de recherche (BSR) in Bujumbura.
FURTHUR RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- welcoming the Minister of Justice's intervention;
- asking if he has received a reponse from the Procureur général and asking
to see a copy of the report into the cases;
- asking if those who carried out the torture have been identified and what
measures have been implemented to prevent recurrences of torture;
- asking for clarification on the judicial status of the detainees, if they
are still being held, their place of detention, and if they have been charged;
- calling on the authorities to release the detainees immediately if they are
not to be charged with a recognizably criminal offence and brought to trial
in accordance with international standards of fairness.
1) Minister of Justice
Monsieur Melchior NTAHOBAMA
Ministre de la justice et garde des sceaux
Ministère de la justice
BP 1880
République du Burundi
Telegrams : Ministre Ntahobama, Bujumbura, Burundi
Faxes : + 257 22 2148
Salutation : Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
Prime Minister
Monsieur Antoine NDUWAYO
Premier Ministre
Présidence de la République
BP 2800
République du Burundi
and to diplomatic representatives of BURUNDI accredited to your country.
Please send appeals immediately. Check with the International secretariat,
or your section office if sending appeals after 21 July 1995.

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