Burundi Finds 39 Skulls at Home of Arrested Italian National

Burundian authorities said they discovered 39 human skulls at the home of an Italian man in the capital, Bujumbura, after he had been arrested last month when two skulls were detected by X-Ray machines at the East African nation’s main airport.

Police have also detained a national of a nearby country, where the skulls may have originated, Telesphore Bigirimana, a spokesman for the East African nation’s intelligence agency, said today in an interview. Giuseppe Favaro, an artist who arrived in Burundi in 1989, has been charged with trading human skulls, Bigirimana said.

Aviation authorities last week raised concern over illegal trafficking through Bujumbura International Airport including shipments of ivory, cocaine, marijuana and human body parts.

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