US sanctions 2 Burundi officials, rebel leader

2016-06-03 20:25
President Pierre Nkurunziza. (File, AFP)

President Pierre Nkurunziza. (File, AFP)

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Bujumbura - The United States has sanctioned two Burundi government officials and a rebel leader over violence in the country linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza's extended tenure.

The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said it had sanctioned military commander Marius Ngendabanka, security official Ignace Sibomana and rebel leader Edouard Nshimirimana. The statement said it had sanctioned the three men for engaging in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability of Burundi.

According to the UN at least 400 people have died since Nkurunziza run for and won a third term that many say is unconstitutional.

The sanctions mean all assets of those named are frozen in the US and US nationals are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

Read more on:    pierre nkurunziza  |  burundi  |  east africa
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