Family fears Burundi journalist arrested last week is dead

AP News
Posted: Jul 27, 2016 11:08 AM

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The family of a Burundian journalist who was arrested last week, reportedly by the country's National Intelligence Service, now fears he is dead.

Godeberte Hakizimana told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her husband, Jean Bigirimana of the independent newspaper Iwacu, had been arrested in Muramvya province.

She said the family has checked almost all of the jails in the province for him. Police say they don't have him.

Human Rights Watch has documented a pattern of disappearances in Burundi in which people are taken away, often by members of the intelligence services, and not seen again for weeks or months.

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