As part of the ruling the four journalists were fined 1 million Burundian francs. PHOTO| FILE.
Four Burundian journalists are expected to serve 2 years and six months sentence after being found guilty of threatening the internal security of the country.
This comes after the defendant appealed to the court on the ruling that was made on January 30th sentencing the four journalists to two years and a half in prison.
“Our colleagues are innocent of the accusations pending against them. Iwacu will carry on fighting for justice and take the case to the Supreme Court”, a statement read from Iwacu newspaper a media house where the four journalists worked for.
On February 21, 2020 Iwacu press group made an appeal to the court seeking to reverse the ruling, the court heard both parties ministry of public security and the Iwacu media group on May 8, 2020. Where the court was expected to deliberate in 30 days.
As part of the ruling the four journalists were fined 1 million Burundian francs.
The convicted journalists were arrested early morning on October 22, 2019 in Musigati commune located in Bubanza province while reporting on the insecurity in the area.