Canada deports suspect in Burundi anti-graft murder
Thu May 12, 2011 2:37pm GMT
* Authorities say action will help Burundi fight graft
* Burundi ranked most corrupt nation in east Africa
BUJUMBURA, May 12 (Reuters) – Canada’s deportation of a suspect in the murder of an anti-corruption activist in Burundi will help the African nation fight graft, officials said on Thursday.
Gabriel Nduwayo was detained on arrival from Canada, where he fled two years ago to seek asylum.
He has been cited in reports by the country’s justice system as the main actor in the killing of Ernest Manirumva, the former deputy chairman of a Burundi corruption watchdog, OLUCOME.
“I think this arrest is a step forward in the fight against corruption … the government is determined to fight corruption,” said Elie Ntunzwenimana, Burundi’s justice spokesman.
Manirumva was murdered on April 9, 2009. Authorities have drawn up a list of 16 suspects including Nduwayo. Eleven of them have been detained. Their trial is due in court on June 15.
Burundi’s human rights organization APRODH said last year Manirumva was killed while investigating weapons trafficking between some Burundi police officers and Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
(Reporting by Patrick Nduwimana; Editing by James Macharia)
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