May 25, 2022

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Former President Blaise Cambore has been sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Blaise Compaoré, former president of Burkina Faso, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, April 6, for killing 12 of his comrades in connection with the assassination of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, during a coup in 1987.

The Ouagadougou Court Martial sentenced one of the military leaders, Hyacinthe Kafando, and General Gilbert Diendéré to life in prison during the 1987 regime. , Who have been running since 2016, withdrew from this investigation, which began six months ago.

This historic trial opened in October 2021, thirty-four years after the death of the Pan-African icon Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated in the coup d’tat that came to power in Bliss. His lawyers condemned “A Political Inquiry” Before “Exception is a jurisdiction”Consider that practical “Worthless”.

Blaise Compaoré was sentenced to 30 years in prison by the Ouagadougou Military Court on charges of “assault on state security”, “concealing a corpse” and “complicity in the murder.” The same sentence was handed down to another prominent Mr. who has been on the run since 2016 and has been charged with “murder” and dropped out of the trial. It was also demanded against Hyacinth Kafando, the former commander of the Cambodian Guard.

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In addition to these two notable absentees, twelve defendants, including General Gilbert Dendere, one of the military leaders during the 1987 coup, attended the river trial, for which the military prosecutor’s office sentenced him to twenty years in prison. Mr. Compaoré, also “damaging witnesses”. General Dendere is already serving a 20-year sentence for plotting to overthrow the regime in 2015.

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Like most of the defendants who appeared, he pleaded not guilty and regretted that none of Sankara’s family’s lawyers had confessed or repented. “Person! We ask the court to bring justice to the families. We do not want revenge, we want justice.”One of them, Prosper Pharma, said.

The test was interrupted by a swing

Thomas Sankara, September 1986 here.

The investigation was disrupted by the January 24 coup by Lt. Col. Paul-Henry Santoko Damiba, which ousted elected President Roche Marc Christian Capore. He was first suspended the day after he was fired, and then suspended on January 31. “Until the Constitution is Restored” Abandoned during the coup, it was later restored by the ruling elite, allowing its resumption.

However, before the Constituent Assembly on February 16, Mr. New interruptions followed Tamiba’s swearing-in. Insisting that punishments were sought for “attacks on state security”, the defense demanded that the dismissal of Lieutenant-Colonel Tamiba, verified by the Constitutional Council, be an “attack on state security”. That “The constitution of devolution devotes power to seizure by force”, Defense lawyers argued. An argument “Unfounded” Rejected by the Constituent Assembly, allowing the trial to resume.

Thomas Sankara, who came to power in a coup in 1983, was killed by a commando along with his twelve comrades during a meeting at the headquarters of the National Revolutionary Council (CNR) in Ouagadougou. He is 37 years old.

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Death of the beloved Thomas Shankar “Deleting moods” And destabilizing the world order by taking care of the poor and oppressed, Mr. who was forced to leave following a popular uprising in 2014.

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World with AFP