Ousted Burkinafaso leader Blaise Compaore charged over Thomas Sankara’s assassination

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The Burkinafaso Military Tribunal has charged ousted President Blaise Compaore over the murder of Thomas Sankara, whom he overthrew in 1987.  

Assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpses are the charges preferred on him by the country’s top military organ.

Compaore (L) and Sankara (R) in 1986

Sitting in Oudagou on Tuesday, the Military Tribunal also indicted Generals Gilbert Diendéré and Yacinthe Kafando, who were high-ranking officials in Compaore’s regime and were directly involved in the execution. The two were mentioned alongside 14 others.

Thomas Sankara was a decorated Burkinabe military officer and a socialist revolutionary who served as the President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.

Thomas Sankara

His leadership has been hailed across the continent and was an outstanding figure who stood firmly for the poor.

On 15th October 1987, Sankara was killed by an armed group with twelve other officials in a coup d’etat led by Blaise Compaore, who was his close friend at that time.

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