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Burkina Faso: Sankara’s trial to proceed … without Compaoré

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Monday, 23 August 2021 15:26

Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso on 7 February 1986 in Paris. © PASCAL GEORGE / AFP

Burkina Faso's military prosecutor has announced the opening of a trial of the alleged killers of former President Thomas Sankara and his companions in October 1987. Among the accused is another former president, Blaise Compaoré, who is currently in exile in Côte d’Ivoire - where he has been since his ousting.

Since 14 April, the trial seemed inevitable. On that day, Burkina Faso’s Chamber of Control referred the case of Sankara’s assassination and his 12 companions to the military court of Ouagadougou for trial.

By announcing – on Tuesday 17 August – that a date has finally been set, the military prosecutor indicated that justice may finally be served in this 34-year-old case. The trial will begin at 9am on 11 October 2021.