Burundi begins mass release of prisoners

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  1. Disir

    Disir Gold Member

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    Burundi on Friday released the first 142 prisoners from a promised 3 000 detainees to promote reconciliation, the justice minister said, but critics said it was only to ease pressure on crowded jails.

    Justice minister Aimee-Laurentine Kanyana attended a release ceremony in the prison at Gitega, the new official political capital of the small east African nation, for the first batch of released prisoners.

    President Pierre Nkurunziza promised the prisoner releases in December 2018, the third time he has granted mass pardons to prisoners since the country spiralled into crisis in 2015, sparking mass arrests.
    Burundi begins mass release of prisoners

    So, are we just arresting them to be released later to demonstrate benevolence?

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