This file photo taken on July 1, 2015 shows Burundian soldiers withdrawing from the restive Cibitoke neighbourhood in Bujumbura after a police operation during the celebrations of the country's 53rd Independence Anniversary. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI
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Former Burundi defense minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye and four other defendants have pleaded guilty to involvement in a failed coup last May during a trial of 28 police and military figures, judicial sources said Tuesday.Ndayirukiye, number two among the coup plotters, and two other army generals and two police commissioners cited the violent repression of anti-government protests to justify their attempted takeover of power.The trial of the 28 accused opened on Dec. 14 in Gitega, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the capital Bujumbura.
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