Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Burundi: Update--Rape, Murder, Beheading of Italian Nuns Stem from Property Rights

According to http://www.iol.co.zaBurundian police have arrested a suspect on charges of raping and beheading three Italian nuns, police said on Tuesday (September 9).

The nuns, aged 75, 79 and 82, respectively, were killed in their convent near the capital of Bujumbura in two separate attacks on Sunday and Monday (September 7-8).
The suspect was arrested at his home, located not far from the convent, said police spokesman Hermenegilde Harimenshi.
Harimenshi added that the suspect, 33-year-old Christian Claude Butoyi, had confessed to the crime, saying he wanted to take revenge on the nuns for “illegally occupying his land."
“I raped and killed them because they were foreigners living on my land,” Harimenshi quoted the suspect as saying.
Butoyi told police he had attacked the first two nuns, left his shirt in one of the convent rooms because it was covered with blood, and climbed the convent wall, according to the spokesman.
COMMENT: Police found in the suspect's shorts a key to the back door of the convent, which he is thought to have used upon his return to kill the third nun.
One of the clues leading to the suspect's arrest was a cellphone containing messages in Italian which had belonged to one of the nuns and which was being offered for sale in Bujumbura, Harimenshi said.
In 2011, gunmen attacked a convent in the northern Ngozi province of Burundi, killing a Croatian nun and an Italian aid worker. Two men who were jailed for the murders which stem from stolen money from the convent.