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Sankara’s death: Ex Burkina Faso President, Blaise Compaoré set to be tried

Former Burkina Faso president, Blaise Compaoré, is to be tried for the assassination of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, a pan-African icon, during the 1987 coup in which he took power.

Blaise Compaoré is a Burkinabé politician who was president of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014.

He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987, he led a coup d’état during which Sankara was killed.

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Subsequently, he introduced a policy of “rectification”, overturning the leftist and Third Worldist policies pursued by Sankara.

He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010 in what were considered unfair circumstances.

His attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabé uprising.

On 31 October, 2014, Compaoré resigned, whereupon he went on exiled to Ivory Coast.

The case was referred Tuesday, 13th of April, 2921 to the military court in Ouagadougou, after the confirmation of charges against the main defendants, including Blaise Compaoré, 34 years after the death of the “father of the Burkinabe Revolution”, according to defence lawyers and civil parties.

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