Burkinabe Ex-Leader Compaore Charged In Murder of Thomas Sankara
Thirty-four years after the assassination of the Burkinabe president Thomas Sankara, a military court in Burkina Faso has indicted former president Blaise Compaore for the 1987 murder. A statement issued by the court on April 13, 2021 cited "complicity in assassination" and an "attack on state security" by Compaore. The former leader ruled the country until 2014, when he was forced to resign in the face of mass protests against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Thirteen others, including Gilbert Diendere, Compaore's right-hand man, and Hyacinthe Kafando, his security chief were also indicted on charges that include "assassination" and "concealment of corpses." After his re-election last year, President Roch Kabore appointed a minister for national reconciliation, Zephirin Diabre, who pledged to address the issue of justice for Sankara. In 2015, Burkinabe courts issued an international arrest for Compaore, but Cote d'Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara blocked his extradition to Burkina Faso, despite an extradition treaty between the two countries.
In Death, Sankara Marches From Victory to Victory
Vanguard, 16 April 2021
The first time I saw Blaise Compaoré was at the African Union, AU, Heads of State Summit that held in Addis Ababa in 2013. At that time, at 62, he had been Burkina Faso… Read more »
Former President Compaore Charged in Thomas Sankara Murder
allAfrica, 16 April 2021
A military tribunal in Burkina Faso has charged former president Blaise Compaore with complicity in the 1987 assassination of then-president Thomas Sankara, Read more »
Thomas Sankara Murder - Ex-President Compaore, 13 Others Charged
Cameroon Tribune, 15 April 2021
The trial is coming up thirty-four years after the assassination of the Burkinabe ex-leader. Read more »
33 years after Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara was assassinated in a coup d'etat, his murder is being referred to a Ouagadougou military court by an investigating judge. "This ... Read more »
Captain Thomas Sankara (file photo).