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SANKARA TRIAL – 30 years in prison required against Blaise Compaoré

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The trial of the murder of Thomas Sankara, killed with twelve of his companions during a coup d’état on 15 October 1987, is held in Burkina Faso A historic trial that began at the end of October 2021.  

The prosecutor requested Tuesday, February 8, 30 years in prison against the former president, Blaise Compaoré, the main accused, absent at this trial, his lawyers having denounced «an exceptional court».

Twenty years in prison were required against General Gilbert Diendéré, one of the leaders of the army during the 1987 putsch that allowed Blaise Compaoré to take power.  Several other firm prison sentences – three to twenty years – were also required against five defendants and an eleven-year conditional sentence. Finally, the prosecution requested an acquittal, “for facts not founded”, for three defendants and for “prescription” for the last two.

The trial was suspended on Tuesday until 1 March at the request of the defence lawyers who now have to plead.  

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Blaise Compaoré has been living in Côte d’Ivoire since 2014, when he was ousted from power.

       

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