Former Burkina Faso president to stand trial for the murder of revolutionary Thomas Sankara
Former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaoré is set to go on trial in November over the alleged assassination of former president Thomas Sankara.
Following his ouster from the presidency, the Burkinabe military tribunal issued a warrant of arrest against Compaoré in connection with the assassination of his predecessor.
A commissioner of the tribunal, Alioune Zanre told journalists that 13 others will also face trial in connection with the crime.
Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore waits prior to meeting relatives and acquaintances of the victims of the Air Algerie crash at the Presidential Palace in Ouagadougou on July 26, 2014. The second black box from the Air Algerie plane disaster was recovered on July 26 at the remote crash site in northern Mali as investigators headed to the scene to determine the cause of the tragedy. Compaore met on July 26 with relatives of some crash victims in Ouagadougou and announced that Burkina Faso has opened an official inquiry into the cause of the disaster. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU
As part of the investigation, the military tribunal indicted 13 other suspects in connection with the assassination of Thomas Sankara in 1987.
Seven are in custody, four have not been detained while two others are still on the run.
The two are Blaise Compaore and Hyacinte Kafando, his chief bodyguard at the time of Sankara’s death.
Fifty-two witnesses and thirteen civil parties are expected at the trial.