Hyacinthe Kafando, Blaise Compaoré’s former head of security in 1987, has been off the radar for more than five years. He is one of the accused of the murder of former Burkinabe president Thomas Sankara. Actively sought because of the international arrest warrant issued against him, he was reportedly located for the last time in Côte d’Ivoire in 2016. In August 2015, in the midst of a political transition, Blaise Compaoré’s former head of security reportedly left the country so as not to take up justice.
Hyacinthe Kafando, former head of security of Blaise Compaoré, is wanted by the military justice. Accused of being part of the coup that led to the death of President Thomas Sankara, he has reportedly left Burkina Faso since 2015 in order not to be held accountable for his actions. In 2015, while the investigating judge issued a summons, he preferred to flee with the complicity of Yacouba Isaac Zida, the former President and former Prime Minister of the transition.
This supposed flight of Hyacinthe Kafando not to respond to justice is a revelation made by General Gilbert Diendéré in the minutes of the attempted coup in 2015. The general claimed that Yacouba Isaac Zida, strong man of Blaise Compaoré, advised Hyacinthe Kafando not to respond to the summons of the judge and to leave the territory. Something the security chief of the former president would have done since 2015.
It should be noted that the long-awaited trial by the family of Thomas Sankara and the Burkinabe people was postponed until Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Former President of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré, in exile in Côte d’Ivoire, will be tried for the assassination of his predecessor during the 1987 coup d’état that brought him to power.