General Nijungeko Juvenal, who took part in the fizzled coup attempt, is brought handcuffed to the court after surrendering in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday May 16, 2015. Topless, barefoot and with wounds from alleged torture seventeen security officials, including five generals appeared before a prosecutor who is expected to file treason charges against them over the attempted coup of President Pierre Nkurunziza, lawyers of some of the suspects said Saturday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (The Associated Press)
BUJUMBURA, Burundi – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has made his first appearance in the capital since the attempted coup against his government last week.
Nkurunziza was in neighboring Tanzania on Wednesday when a general announced a coup. Loyal forces put down the rebellion and Nkurunziza returned to the country, but he had not been seen in the capital.
Nkurunziza appeared before journalists at his presidential palace in Bujumbura Sunday morning.
The coup attempt came after weeks of street protests against Nkurunziza’s efforts to stay in power by standing in elections for a third term in office.
Seventeen security officials, including five generals, accused in the attempted coup appeared Saturday before a prosecutor who charged them with an attempt at destabilizing public institutions, lawyers of some of the suspects said.