Burundi officials are accused of threatening the family of the later former Rwandan Ambassador Jacques Bihozagara and refusing to release his body.
Reports indicate that Bihozagara’s son in-law, Robert Viviand, is among those who have been forced to flee amid death threats.
Apparently, the president’s office reportedly wants the family to sign a statement clarifying that Bihozagara died of natural causes and exonerate Burundi government of assassination claims.
Bihozagara was arrested in December 2015 and died this week in a Bujumbura prison.
Viviand was blocked from visiting Bihozagara in Mpimba maximum-security prison where he later died mysteriously.
Viviand received death threats after refusing to sign the document provided by Burundi Presidency officials, before the body of father-in-law could be repatriated to Rwanda for burial.
He has also been denied the right to see the body after death.
Bihozagara served Rwanda as Rehabilitation and Social Integration minister and later as Youth, Sports and Culture minister.
He also served as ambassador of Rwanda to France and Belgium.
Rwanda has since demanded an explanation as regards Bihozagara’s death but Burundi remains tight-lipped.