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BURKINA FASO – the trial of the murderers of Thomas Sankara and his companions opens on October 11 in Ouagadougou

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After years of fighting and waiting, the trial of the murderers of Thomas Sankara and his companions opens on October 11 in Ouagadougou. It is a great satisfaction for the international network «Justice for Thomas Sankara, justice for Africa».

Blaise Compaoré’s lawyers have decided to disrupt the trial. They have just announced that they will boycott the trial. Mr. Pierre Olivier Sur, also a lawyer of François Compaoré, does not hesitate to advance shameless lies.

Their strategy is only to discredit the Burkinabè justice system. Mr. Pierre Olivier Sur, one of the lawyers tries to influence public opinion by unscrupulously using insult and contempt for the people of Burkina Faso and its institutions.

For our part, we salute the work and courage of Judge François Yaméogo, rigorous as well as tenacious, who led the investigation and launched in particular a Letter of Request to France and called for the opening of defence secrecy.

We remind President Emmanuel Macron of his promise made in Ouagadougou in 2017 to declassify and effectively deliver all documents related to the Sankara case to the Burkinabe justice.

This trial may be cut off from the international part of the case, since, after the disjunction, only the investigation on the national part of the case is closed. We therefore urge the lawyers of the civilian victims to ensure that the Tribunal nevertheless evokes this part of the case, in view of the new elements of the investigation, in particular the arrival of French on October 16, 1987 to clean the wiretaps.

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It is crucial to know who these people are and who sent them. To do this, to relaunch the Rogatory Commission towards France or to launch a new one could make it possible to clarify these grey areas. These wiretaps could have been used, it seems, to prove the participation of Blaise Compaoré and Jean Pierre Palm in the plot to assassinate Thomas Sankara and his companions.

We urge the new judge in charge of the prosecution of the international component to continue the investigation until the end and in particular to continue to ask France to provide documents classified as defence secrets, and countries suspected of being involved in the investigation.

The mobilization must continue in particular towards these countries, in particular, France, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Libya and the United States.

Done at Ouagadougou, Paris, Niamey, Dakar, Bamako, New York, Toronto, Las Palmas, Turin, Albany, Sabadell (Catalonia), Bobo Dioulasso, Montpellier, Banfora, Toulouse, Ajaccio

The International Justice Network for Sankara Justice for Africa

       

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