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Sankara murder: Key defendant Blaise Compaoré enjoys life in exile, dodges trial

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This article is part of the dossier: Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara: Who killed ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’?

By Benjamin Roger
Posted on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10:20

Blaise Compaoré, 18 September 2012, Paris.

The three accused: Blaise Compaoré, Gilbert Diendéré and Hyacinthe Kafando are at the heart of the trial for the assassination of Thomas Sankara which began on 11 October, years after they were first accused of his murder. Now it seems only Gilbert Diendéré will take the stand.



The trial for the alleged killers of Thomas Sankara began on 11 October, in front of a military tribunal in Ouagadougou. But although Blaise Compaoré, Gilbert Diendéré and Hyacinthe Kafando stand accused of the murder, only Compaoré’s former chief of staff, who led the president’s notorious security regiment, was present in the ‘Ouaga 2000’ banquet hall.

Blaise Compaoré

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