US sanctions Burundi nationals for ‘fueling violence’


WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned four Burundi nationals for allegedly “fueling violence” in the strife-torn African country. Burundi descended into bloodshed in April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a controversial third term, which he went on to win in July. Targeted in the sanctions are Gervais Ndirakobuca, the chief of staff for Burundi’s Ministry of Public Security; ex-general Leonard Ngendakumana, who participated in an attempted military coup in May; Joseph Mathias Niyonzima, who supported elements of the pro-government militia accused of abuses; and Alexis Sinduhije, a major Burundian opposition military leader. The US sanctions mean that “all property and interests in property of these individuals” under US jurisdiction or controlled by Americans “are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions” with them.



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