BUJUMBURA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The Burundian police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a priest over rape accusations, the country's police spokesman told a press conference on Wednesday.
"Abbot Jean Marie Ciza working in Gitega Archdiocese was arrested yesterday afternoon in Gitega town. The prosecutor who ordered his arrest accuses him of having raped a school girl," Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.
Nkurikiye indicated that the arrested priest was the private secretary of the Archbishop of Gitega, adding that he had recently escaped from France where he had committed rape.
Meanwhile the priest's family said that they were worried about his health as he had recently come from Europe where he had a surgical operation.