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Italian nuns “killed by local intelligence” in Burundi

Olga Raschietti, Lucia Pulici and Bernardetta Boggian were three Italian nuns assassinated in their mission in Burundi between 7 and 8 September 2014.

The local Authorities arrested a local man who was charged with raping and killing the three women. The results of the official investigation, however, did not satisfy the Saverian Order to which the nuns belonged, and apparently it was right.

An anonymous source told Radio Publique Africaine that the women were assassinated by the local intelligence for trying to stop its chief Adolphe Nshimirimana from misusing the assets of the mission and for discovering the presence of Burundi paramilitary troops near a Salesian mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After the revelation, the Burundi Authorities arrested Bob Rugurika, the director of the radio. Human Right Watch is monitoring Mr Rugurika’s detention.

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