The Supreme Court discharges 5 of the 7 imprisoned putsch planners..
The Supreme Court pronounced the verdict of the lawsuit putsch trail this Monday on January 15, 2007. Five out the seven supposed putsch planners were discharged: the ex- president Domitien Ndayizeye, his former vice president, Alphonse Marie Kadege, Déo Niyonzima, the lawyer Rufyikiri Isidore and colonel Ndayisigaranye Damien. The two others detainees, Dr. Alain Mugabarabona, the alleged principal actor in the trail and Tharcisse Ndayishimiye alias Maconco, the only witness for the prosecution in this trail, were sentenced respectively to 20 and 15 years of imprisonment.
As far as this arrest of these so-called putsch planners is concerned, some of the political parties, private radios and civil society had denounced it as fictitious plot planned by the Cndd-Fdd, the ruling party, aiming at muzzling the opposition.
According to the Supreme Court, the putsch was not fictitious, reason for which some of prevented were condemned.
Let’s mention that several other political and military eminent persons, among whom the former president of the Republic, Major Pierre Buyoya, the Minister of Defence and others military officials, who were on the list of the persons to be arrested had not been arrested.