Burundi: Gen. Nshimirimana’s suspected killers appear in court with no defense

Col. Jean Bikomagu (L)former Army Chief of Staff and Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana's assassinations this month have led to growing fears of a "new cycle" of violence in Burundi

Col. Jean Bikomagu (L)former Army Chief of Staff and Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana’s assassinations last month have led to growing fears of a “new cycle” of violence in Burundi

Suspected murderers of former Burundi’s Internal Security Chief, General Adolphe Nhsimirimana appeared in a Bujumbura court this Wednesday 2, to answer charges levied against them.

The suspects include Sargent Major Cadeau Bigirumugisha, and three police officers- Mathias Miburo, Rénovat Nimubona and Philbert Niyonkuru.

The four suspects however had no defense team, and sources from Burundi say the four middle aged men were new recruits in the security intelligence organs in the country.

Local media reports indicate that investigations continue in the killing of Colonel Jean Bikomagu, the country’s former army chief of staff who was murdered few days after Gen. Nhsimirimana.

General Nshimirimana’s death has been condemned by the international community and human rights organisations, experts have warned both men’s assassination and the recent attempted assassination of a leading rights activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa may push the central African state into a new “cycle of violence.”

Pierre Nkurikiye, the Burundi police spokesman said that police is doing its best to curb crime and called for collaboration of the community.