The exiled former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, currently in Côte d’Ivoire, is to stand trial for the murder of Thomas Sankara, the man he overthrew and got killed in a 1987 coup. The confirmation of charges against Blaise Compaoré and other defendants in the Thomas Sankara case came this Tuesday at the Military Tribunal of Ouagadougou. According to Sankara’s family lawyer, ten people are being prosecuted.
The case was referred Tuesday to the military court in Ouagadougou, after the confirmation of charges against the main defendants, including Blaise Compaoré, 34 years after the death of the Burkinabe “father of the Revolution”, according to defence lawyers and parties civilians.
During the hearing on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the military jurisdiction indicted a dozen people. Namely:
- Blaise Compaoré
- Gilbert Diendéré
- Yacinthe Kafando
- Bossobè Traoré
- Nabonswendé Ouédraogo
- Idrissa Sawadogo
- Tibo Ouédraogo
- Albert Pascal Sibidi Belemlilga
- Diakalia Démé
- Mori Aldjouma Jean-Pierre Palm
- Alidou Jean Christophe Diébré
- Hamado Kafando
- Ninda Tondé said Pascal.