General Niyungeko Juvenal (right) is taken to the Supreme Court in Bujumbura, Burundi on May 16, 2015. The general is among 28 police and military figures who face a possible life imprisonment for involvement in a failed coup last May. PHOTO | FILE
Former Burundi defence 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.
The trial of the 28 accused opened on December 14 in Gitega, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the capital Bujumbura.
Ndayirukiye told the Supreme Court he and his co-accused should not take all the blame for the abortive coup, alleging that army chief Prime Niyongabo "gave me the orders".