Release of Alexis Sinduhije

Press Statement
Gordon Duguid
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 13, 2009

The United States welcomes yesterday's release from prison of Burundian journalist Alexis Sinduhije, after he was found not guilty of the charge of insulting the President. We commend Burundi's Provincial Tribunal for its decision in Mr. Sinduhije's case.

We remain concerned about the continuing detention of journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu and labor leader Juvenal Rududura, and urge the Government of Burundi to process their cases quickly and justly.

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