Ex-Burundi leader gets life sentence for killing another former president

 Former Burundi President Pierre Buyoya.

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What you need to know:

  • Buyoya was convicted for "an attack against the head of state" over his role in the killing of the first democratically elected president, Melchior Ndadaye, during a coup d'etat which plunged the country into civil war.
  • Another three people were sentenced to 20 years in jail for "complicity" in the crimes and a former prime minister Antoine Nduwayo, was acquitted.
  • Buyoya is currently the African Union's representative in Mali and a respected figure on the continent as well as overseas.

 Burundi's ex-president Pierre Buyoya has been sentenced to life in prison in absentia over the assassination of his successor in 1993, according to a court ruling.

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