Hassan Ruvakuki has just been sentenced to three years in prison on appeal although he is innocent.

A reporter for Radio France Internationale’s Swahili service and for Bonesha FM, a local radio station, Hassan Ruvakuki was arrested by Burundian intelligence officials in Bujumbura on 28 November 2011.

After a six-month judicial saga he was sentenced in June 2012 to life imprisonment on a charge of terrorism!

On appeal, the charges were reduced and he was given a three-year jail sentence.

Ruvakuki was accused of complicity with a rebel group when all he did was his duty as a journalist to anticipate the news.

Shortly before his arrest, he went to neighbouring Tanzania to cover a Burundian rebel group that was being formed there.

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