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Sankara assassination: Ex Burkina leader Compaore to face trial

Ousted Burkinabè President Blaise Compaoré has been indicted over the 1987 assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara.The judiciary in Burkina…

Ousted Burkinabè President Blaise Compaoré has been indicted over the 1987 assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara.The judiciary in Burkina Faso has decided to indict the former president who ruled the country between 1987 and 2014.

After Gilbert Diendere, his former right-hand man, who was prosecuted for complicity in assassination, concealment of corpses and attack on state security, it is now the ex-president ousted from power by a popular uprising on October 31, 2014, who is about to go through the same legal case, he himself had allowed to collect dust during his 27-year regime.

Compaore, who has been living in exile in Cote d’Ivoire since his fall, is indicted for attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpses in the Sankara case. 

A total of 14 people are due to appear in court in connection to the case.

The Sankara case, long considered a taboo subject in the country, was reopened in 2015 with the coming to power of Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

Thomas Sankara, assassinated on October 15, 1987 at the age of 38 by a group of soldiers, was considered a revolutionary leader. 

From 1983 to 1987, he led his country, then known as Haute Volta, a name he changed to Burkina Faso in 1984.