Sankara trial: ex-president Blaise Compaoré sentenced to life imprisonment

Blaise Compaoré, in exile since 2014 in Côte d’Ivoire, was sentenced Wednesday in absentia to life imprisonment for his participation in the assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, killed with twelve of his companions during a coup State in 1987.

The Ouagadougou military court also sentenced the commander of its guard Hyacinthe Kafando, on the run since 2016, and General Gilbert Diendéré, one of the army leaders during the 1987 putsch, to life imprisonment.

The statement of the verdict came at the end of a long trial started last October before the military court of Ouagadougou. On the day of the first hearing, October 11, twelve of the fourteen defendants were present, including General Gilbert Diendéré, 61, one of the main leaders of the army during the 1987 putsch. All must answer to the following charges “complicity in assassination”, “assassination”, “concealment of corpses” and “attack on state security”.

The main defendant, former President Blaise Compaoré, brought to power by this putsch and close friend of Sankara, is absent, his lawyers having denounced “a sham trial” before “an exceptional court”. Suspected of being the sponsor of Sankara’s assassination – which he has always denied – he was ousted from power in 2014 by the street and has since lived in Côte d’Ivoire. The military prosecution requested 30 years in prison against him.

With Young Africa

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