“I’m free at last.” Thousands took to the street after radio host Bob Rugurika, who refused to give up the identity of a source who claimed to be involved in the murder of Italian nuns, is released on bail.
Thousands have taken to the streets of the Burundian capital Bujumbura after a popular radio host who was jailed for refusing to give up the identity of a source was released on bail on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported.
Bob Rugurika on Feb. 19.
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Bob Rugurika — a host and the director of the country’s Radio Publique Africaine — was detained on January 20 for alleged complicity in murder, after he refused to identify a guest who claimed to have been involved in the killing of three Italian nuns in September 2014.
Rugurika’s station is a popular independent outlet in the central African nation, and is nicknamed the “voice of the voiceless.” He is a prominent government critic, the Guardian said, and his arrest came months ahead of key elections.
In the interview, the guest identified others suspected of involvement in the killings, including former and serving members of the intelligence services and police. He did not provide any evidence, The Guardian said.
Rugurika was then arrested on a number of charges — such as complicity in murder and concealing a criminal — and he will still face trial.
The news of Rugurika’s release brought huge numbers of people onto the streets in what witnesses told AFP was one of the biggest demonstrations Bujumbura has seen in recent years.
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