Thomas Sankara: end in first instance of an “out of the ordinary” trial

“The epilogue in the first instance of the Thomas Sankara affair was written on May 10, in the almost empty banquet hall of Ouaga 2000”, attacks the Burkinabé daily The country, in an article titled “The end in the first instance of an extraordinary trial”.

The trial of the assassins of revolutionary Thomas Sankara, in power from 1983 to 1987, and 12 of his companions, opened on October 11, 2021, ended in criminal proceedings on April 6. Three of the main defendants, former President Blaise Compaoré (absent from the trial), his former security chief Hyacinthe Kafando (on the run) and Gilbert Diendéré, head of the Council of the Entente, seat of revolutionary power and scene of the crime on October 15, 1987, were then sentenced to life imprisonment.

In the civil part of the case, it was a question of financial compensation. After I’“one of the most expeditious hearings”, of “no more than thirty minutes”, raises the Burkinabé site The Obspaalga, the 11 condemned [sur 14 accusés initialement] will have to “pay to each tens

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