The Ouagadougou Military Court has set this Tuesday, August 17, 2021, as the date for the trial of the people implicated in the assassination of former President Thomas Isidore Sankara on October 11, 2021. A very important date that will mark the beginning of a new era in Burkina Faso. A trial also awaited by the revolutionary family but also by Africa as a whole.
The date of the trial in the long-awaited Sankara case worldwide was finally unveiled on Tuesday, August 17. On 11 October 2021, the trial opened in Ouagadougou. It was the military prosecutor who gave the news through a communal.” The military prosecutor at the military court of Ouagadougou, informs the national and international opinion, that the trial of the people involved in the murder of President Thomas Sankara and his twelve companions will open on Monday, 11 October 2021, from 09:00 (GMT and local),” says a statement.
According to Me Guy Hervé Kam, one of the lawyers of the victims’ families, the scheduling of this trial is not only a victory for the families but «the time of the judicial truth». “It is a long time to wait for the individual and collective responsibilities that led to this tragedy of October 15, 1987 to be established clearly and precisely in front of everyone,” said the lawyer.
The Sankara case was revived after the fall of Blaise Compaoré in 2014. The former president of Burkina Faso, who was accused in this case, has been in exile in Côte d’Ivoire since his dismissal. He is also accused in the murder of Thomas Sankara.Another 12 defendants will be tried for “attack on state security”, “complicity in assassinations” and “complicity in concealment of corpses”. Among these defendants was General Gilbert Diendéré, one of the main leaders of the army during the 1987 coup.
Born on 21 December 1949 in Yako in Upper Volta, present-day Burkina Faso, Thomas Isidore Sankara is an anti-imperialist, revolutionary, socialist, pan-Africanist and third-worldist from Burkina Faso. The politician ahead of his time, a prey and enlightened figure of his generation, brilliant, visionary and pan-Africanist, came to power on August 4, 1983. After four years in the pros, the “African Che” was cowardly assassinated by a commando on October 15, 1987 at the age of 37, during a putsch that brought to power his comrade in arms at the time, Blaise Compaoré.