Burkina Faso: Thomas Sankara finally has the right to his trial, 34 years after his assassination

Killed in 1987 by a commando, the one who renamed Upper Volta in Burkina Faso, has become a real icon in his country. Among the fourteen accused, former president Blaise Compaoré.

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Por the Burkanibè, it is a historic day. What was unthinkable in Blaise Compaoré’s time has become reality under the presidency of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, democratically elected in 2015 and re-elected in the first round in 2020. The trial of the alleged perpetrators of the assassination of Thomas Sankara, “the father of the Burkinabé revolution ”, opened Monday before the military court of Ouagadougou in the presence of twelve of the fourteen accused. The great absentee, and main accused, is none other than the former president Blaise Compaoré (70 years old). The former president, ousted from power in 2014 by a popular insurrection, has since lived in exile in Côte d’Ivoire.

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