U.N. Group Accuses Burundi Leaders of Crimes Against Humanity

Mr. Ouguergouz did not name President Nkurunziza as a suspect, but the panel attributed the crimes to “the highest levels of the state.” It also described a parallel system of government in which major decisions, including some that led to major human rights violations, were made by the president and a small entourage of people close to him.

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President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi in 2015.

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“The president is the spider in the center of this parallel system web,” Francoise Hampson, a member of the panel, said in an interview. Mr. Nkurunziza also controlled the state intelligence agency and other government…

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