Sankara trial in Burkina: life imprisonment for Compaoré

Ousted from power in 2014, Blaise Compaore who has resided for several years in Côte d’Ivoire was sentenced to life imprisonment at the end of the Sankara trial, named after this former Burkinabe president assassinated on October 15, 1987. The verdict fell on Wednesday April 06, 2022. He was pronounced by the Ouagadougou military tribunal which tried the defendants. they were 14 in total, including Compaoré’s security chief Hyacinth Kafando. He was also given a life sentence, as was Gilbert Diendere who were among the leaders of the army in 1987 during the coup which cost the life of M Sankara.

The prosecution had requested a 30-year prison sentence against him.

It must be said that the prosecution of the Ouagadougou military court had requested 30 years in prison against the former president in exile in Côte d’Ivoire. The judge therefore did not follow his requisition. The public prosecutor demanded 30 years in prison against Compaoré for “attack on state security”, complicity in assassination and “concealment of corpse ». The lawyers of Blaise Compaore never admitted the facts charged to their client.

Whenever they had the chance, they pointed the finger, a “political trial” before “a jurisdiction of exception”. Nor did they give any credence to the procedure which, according to them ” is worthless ” . “. Note that Hyacinthe Kafando, the other defendant sentenced to life imprisonment was not at trial. He has been on the run since 2016. The Sankara trial began in October 2021.

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