U.S. imposes sanctions on three Burundian nationals

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2016 4:08 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States Treasury said on Thursday it had imposed sanctions on two pro-government Burundian officials and a member of an armed opposition group for "engaging in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability" of the African country.

A Treasury statement said sanctions were imposed on:

- Marius Ngendabanka, a military commander under President Pierre Nkurunziza who is "one of several Nkurunziza regime officers alleged to be involved in 'purification' operations in Bujumbura against those opposed to the president’s third-term bid."

- Ignace Sibomana, who has been involved in operations to target those opposed to Nkurunziza.

- Edouard Nshimirimana, a former senior army officer who leads the Force Republicaine du Burundi (FOREBU) rebel group.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech)