Burundi reporter shot by police officer
28 April 2013, 15:58
Bujumbura - A journalist in Burundi on Saturday sustained
serious gunshot wounds after a police officer he saw extorting money from men
carrying fruit to market opened fire on him, witnesses said.
Patrick Niyonkuru, a reporter with independent radio station
African Public Radio (RPA), surprised the police officer in the capital before
dawn on Saturday.
The officer beat up Niyonkuru and then shot him in the arm,
witnesses said. The journalist is now in hospital.
The policeman, identified as Pierre Havyarimana, was
indicted for attempted homicide and tried in a fast-track procedure. On
Saturday evening he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, an AFP journalist at
the courtroom said.
"The policeman was to blame for what happened, and as
you've seen he was immediately kicked out of the police and brought before the
courts," police spokesperson Elie Bizindanvyi told AFP.
The attack comes one day after a journalist with a private
TV station was attacked and wounded in his home by assailants armed with guns
and machetes who made off with his computer and several recordings.