UN break in may have been fabrication – Burundi

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A break-in at the UN human rights office in Burundi’s capital may have been an attempt to smear the government, a presidential aide told reporters in Geneva.

UN staff in Burundi filed a complaint with police after a group of armed men broke into the office in Bujumbura around 2.30 am last Wednesday, a UN spokeswoman said.

Nobody was hurt and there was no damage in the attack, which came a week after a UN human rights inquiry said Burundian officials at the highest level should be held accountable for crimes against humanity.

Willy Nyamitwe, senior communications officer in the office of the president, said two guards at the office were arrested and it was probably not a simple burglary.
“What the police have already said is apparently there was no attack coming from the outside, which certainly means the guards would seem to be complicit. But … we should wait for the final conclusions of this investigation.”

Nyamitwe is expected to respond to the allegations at the UN Human Rights Council next week. Burundi rejected the findings of the UN inquiry, which Nyamitwe said was a puppet of the European Union.



UN human rights spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell called for an investigation of the break-in complying with international legal procedures.