Burundi orders asset seizure of exiled opposition

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Burundi’s Supreme Court has ordered the seizure of assets belonging to exiled opposition members.

The ruling affects 32 politicians, rights activists and journalists currently in exile overseas, as well as nine military officials jailed in Burundi over a 2015 coup attempt, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court. In the statement, Prosecutor General Sylvestre Nyandwi said he had submitted the list of buildings and assets to be seized.

Burundi to seize opposition assets

The Supreme Court’s ruling is the latest blow for opposition members in Burundi as the government continues to restrict political freedoms, both inside and outside of the country.

Taking to Twitter, one of the exiled opposition members named in the ruling said the decision makes a mockery of his country’s judicial system.

“These are the people that the regime of Pierre Nkurunziza wanted to assassinate,” he tweeted. “Most are free and continue to expose the regime’s crimes.”

The move comes after Burundi’s government closed down the UN’s human rights office in country, following reports of ongoing human rights violations taking place under Pierre Nkurunziza’s regime.

The government strongly denies the findings in multiple reports published by the UN and rights groups, insisting external powers are attempting to destabilise the country.

Featured image: By Copyright World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org)/Eric Miller, mailto:emiller@iafrica.com emiller@iafrica.com) – Pierre Nkurunziza – World Economic Forum on Africa 2008, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5685472

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