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Ex-Burundi president arrested in alleged coup plot investigation

[JURIST] Former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye [Wikipedia profile] was arrested Monday in connection with an ongoing investigation into an alleged plot to overthrow the current government. Authorities say he was taken in for questioning by prosecutors. Earlier this month, Burundi officials arrested five former government officials [JURIST report], including the former vice president, in connection with the alleged planned coup.

Family members of those arrested have accused Burundi authorities of abusing the detainees [JURIST report] by on local radio broadcasts. Violence between the majority Hutus and minority Tutsis has racked Burundi since its 12-year civil war [Global Security backgrounder], which was sparked by the assassination of the country's first democratically elected Hutu president in 1993. VOA has more.

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