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
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.