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Ex-Burkina Faso president Compaore apologises to family of slain predecessor

Ex-Burkina Faso president Compaore apologises to family of slain predecessor

BURKINA Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, has apologised to the family of his late predecessor, Thomas Sankara, whose 1987 murder a military court found him complicit in earlier this year. Compaore was sentenced in April in absentia to life imprisonment for the murder, which occurred during the coup that brought him to power. He went on to rule for 27 years before fleeing to Ivory Coast during an uprising in 2014. Despite his conviction, Compaore returned from exile for a few days earlier this month to take part in a summit of former presidents hosted by the ruling military junta.…
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Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight impunity in Burkina Faso

Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight impunity in Burkina Faso

ON April 6, 2022, a military tribunal in Burkina Faso found 11 men, including the former president, Blaise Compaoré, guilty of “attacks on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of a corpse.” This marked a historic moment for the West African nation. The trial which began in October 2021 was intended to uncover the truth behind the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso’s revered leader, Thomas Sankara. Author PHYLLIS TAOUA, Professor of Francophone Studies (Africa, Caribbean), Faculty Affiliate with Africana Studies, World Literature Program and Human Rights Pracice, University of Arizona In practical terms, the verdict may not have an…
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Now there’s a chance of justice for Thomas Sankara, it’s useful to review what got him killed

Now there’s a chance of justice for Thomas Sankara, it’s useful to review what got him killed

EARLIER this month a court in Burkina Faso’s capital indicted former President Blaise Compaoré for his role in the murder of his comrade, Thomas Sankara, on 15 October 1987. LEO ZEILIG, Senior Visiting Fellow, University of London The military court detailed Compaoré’s “complicity in the assassination”, the first time a court in the country has made such an accusation. Compaoré ruled the country until 2014, when he was forced to flee for neighbouring Cote D’Ivoire during a mass uprising. The decision to try the former leader has been called a landmark moment. Sankara’s family has pursued justice for almost 34…
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Compaore charged with Sankara’s murder

Compaore charged with Sankara’s murder

A Burkina Faso court charged former President Blaise Compaore in absentia yesterday in connection with the 1987 murder of then-President Thomas Sankara, one of the most infamous killings in Africa's post-independence history. Sankara, a charismatic Marxist revolutionary often called "Africa's Che Guevara", was assassinated during a coup led by his former friend Compaore. Compaore went on to rule Burkina Faso for 27 years before being ousted in a 2014 uprising and fleeing to Ivory Coast, where he is believed still to live. He has previously denied any involvement in Sankara's death. A military tribunal yesterday charged Compaore with complicity in…
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