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.
On the 15th of October 1987, the leader of the Burkinabe revolution was assassinated. Two years later, Sennen Andriamirado, editor-in-chief of Jeune Afrique and an acquaintance to the former head of state, published “He was called Sankara”. Here is an account of President of Faso’s last day.
In “Ma part de verité” (My Share of the Truth), the former Burkinabe president looks back on his time in power and his relations with his former prime minister, Thomas Sankara. He does so at the risk of debunking the Sankara myth and igniting controversy.
Long holding his peace, former President Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo is about to give his version of one of the most controversial pages in Burkina Faso's history: Thomas Sankara's coup d'état that ended his regime on 4 August 1983.
Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré is planning to return home soon. Several of his colleagues in Ouagadougou and those in exile in Abidjan will help him do so, along with some of his more loyal party leaders.
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.