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Burundi journalist held in secret prison

15 June 2013, 15:11

Bujumbura - A Burundian television journalist, who has disappeared, is being detained by the country's intelligence services, the Burundian Journalists' Union (UBJ) said on Friday.

"Lucien Rukevya, who disappeared yesterday afternoon is reportedly being held in the secret prisons of the Documentation," UBJ chief Alexandre Niyungeko told journalists.

The Documentation is the name given to a branch of the intelligence services that reports directly to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Intelligence sources confirmed to AFP that they were indeed holding Rukevya, but refused to say why.

"The official line is that he has been taken in for questioning but we're hearing he is accused of working with the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo," Niyungeko said.

Rukevya, who works for Burundian national television, was arrested whilst in the company of a university professor and two Congolese men early on Thursday evening.

Burundi borders DR Congo's South Kivu province, rather than North Kivu, where the M23 rebels have so far been concentrated.



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