Bujumbura - Burundi's former president Domitien Ndayizeye on Tuesday denied charges in Bujumbura's High Court of plotting with six other people to overthrow the government and seize power.
Hundreds of people listened to loudspeakers outside the court as Ndayizeye, who led Burundi's transitional government from April 2003 until Nkurunziza's election victory last year, took to the stand.
"I never dreamed of organising a coup, in fact I had given up politics to do business and be with my family," he said, calling for proof that he had met the other suspects.
"It is I who integrated former rebels, including the actual head of state. That is I wanted Burundi to enjoy peace."
Police arrested Ndayizeye and six other people in August saying they had strong evidence they were plotting to kill President Pierre Nkurunziza.