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Reported assassination attempt against Alexis Sinduhije

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A few days ago I wrote about the release of Burundi opposition leader (and former journalist) Alexis Sinduhije, who I describe meeting in my book “Titanic Express”, and who has been very supportive over the case. I had been following Alexis’s fate since his arrest on trumped-up charges last November.

Now Alexis’s party, the Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (renamed recently from “Movement for Security and Democracy” after the authorities ruled it illegal for a party to include the word “Security” in its name) has reported that the bolts on the wheels of Alexis’s car have been tampered with, apparently with the intention of causing an accident. Although the damage was spotted and repaired before any harm could result, Alexis and his colleagues were then followed by the police, arrested, and held for several hours. 

Although Alexis has since been released (again), the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that a number of those arrested with him are still being held.

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Written by Richard Wilson

March 19, 2009 at 9:50 am

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  1. Richard,

    On Thursday, 19th.2008, the vehicle of which bolts on the wheels were tampered with, finally crashed when some of his team members were heading back to Bujumbura. Alexis was already in home.

    Pierre Claver

  2. Richard,

    On Thursday, 19th.2008, the vehicle of which bolts on the wheels were tampered with, finally crashed when some of his team members were heading back to Bujumbura. Alexis was already home from where he organized the evacuation of the wounded travelers.

    Pierre Claver


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