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US News The assassination of Thomas Sankara: finally the time of the trial

01:25  14 april  2021
01:25  14 april  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Burkina Faso is finally working to formally establish Thomas Sankara as a national hero. Thirty years after the assassination of Africa’s last revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara , the front cover of this week’s edition of the pan-African magazine Jeune Afrique is entitled “Who Killed Sankara ?” The question has swirled since October 15, 1987 when the charismatic army captain was killed in a bloody coup in Burkina Faso which brought to power his one- time close friend Blaise Compaoré.

Finally , on 4 August 1983, Compaore´ led some 250 paratroopers to Ouagadougou to seize major installations, in coordination with Sankara , other military personnel and units of civilian supporters. By that evening Sankara was on the air to proclaim the overthrow of the government and the creation Sankara ’s strong stance against corruption and high living by government officials reflected another side of his outlook. In such a poor country, frugality and integrity were the new watchwords. Public trials sent scores of dignitaries to jail for corruption or fraud. Sitting government ministers had to drive small

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through Africa, it is always an icon. It is sometimes called "Che Guevara African". Thomas Sankara took the reins of what was still called the high volta by a putsch, August 4, 1983, at the age of 33. This captain of the army proclaims a "democratic and popular revolution" and renames the former French colony Burkina Faso ("Histor of Men"). "Democracy can not be conceived without power, in all its forms, is handed over in the hands of the people; The economic, military, political power, social and cultural power, "he launches at the time, having a proper vision of democracy. But here is the utopia lasts a long time.

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Thomas Sankara , was born December 21, 1949 in Yako in Upper Volta and murdered October 15, 1987 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is a man of anti-imperialist state, pan-Africanist and then voltaic Burkinabe Third World, Head of State from 1983 to 1987. He played and led the Burkinabé revolution of 4 August 1983 until his assassination during a coup that Press release: Sankara case : going forward in Burkina, stuck in France. On October 15th, the 33rd anniversary of President Sankara ’s assassination , we learnt with satisfaction that the examining magistrate in charge of the case in

Thomas Sankara ’s grave. His former colleague and confidant Blaise Compaore, who took over as president of Burkina Faso after his murder is generally thought to have ordered his assassination . It is also very interesting to note that former Liberian warlord Prince Johnson, while testifying before “…As far as Thomas Sankara was concerned, there were more than a dozen bullet holes all over the body, even below the armpits,” Farama explained. The results of the autopsy, which was done in France to confirm the identity of Sankara and the other soldiers, however, could not be corroborated as the

Four years later, on October 15, 1987, Sankara is murdered with twelve of his companions by a commando at a meeting at the Council of the Agreement (Headquarters of the National Council of Revolution). His brother of arms Blaise Compaore succeeds him. General Gilbert, a man of the shadow and the right arm of Blaise Compaore, is suspected of organizing the action of the commando. Customary putschs, he is currently serving a 20-year sentence in Burkina for a coup attempt in 2015.

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Thomas Sankara is buried in Catimini on the evening of his assassination at the Cemetery of Dagnoën (suburbs East of Ouagadougou), become a place of pilgrimage for his admirers, still numerous. In 1990, his widow, Mariam, settled with his two children in Montpellier, in the south of France. Blaise Compaore, is elected President of the Republic in 1991 following a contested ballot and boycotted by the opposition.

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Thomas Sankara ’s grave. His former colleague and confidant Blaise Compaore, who took over as president of Burkina Faso after his murder is generally thought to have ordered his assassination . It is also very interesting to note that former Liberian warlord Prince Johnson, while testifying before “…As far as Thomas Sankara was concerned, there were more than a dozen bullet holes all over the body, even below the armpits,” Farama explained. The results of the autopsy, which was done in France to confirm the identity of Sankara and the other soldiers, however, could not be corroborated as the

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (French pronunciation: [tɔma sɑ̃kaʁa]; 21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) was a Burkinabé military officer and socialist revolutionary who served as the President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.

At the international level, its policy encounters an approval of the altermondialist movement, as it criticizes the injustices of globalization. In the 1980s, some of the Third World countries face a "debt crisis". To solve it, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank impose the governments of incompatible rigor plans with any social policy. A situation against which the Burkinabe leader rises strongly, especially in a speech that has become famous in the country of men integrals .

In 1997, shortly before the prescription, it complains against X on behalf of its children for "assassination". The Sankara family asks for the exhumation of the body to check that it is one of its own.

At the time, the compaore regime refuses the opening of an investigation. And Sankara remains a taboo subject during the 27 years of Blaise Compaoré power, finally overthrown in October 2014 by a popular insurrection.

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Mr Sankara 's assassination led to his second-in-command, Blaise Compaore, seizing power in a coup. Mr Compaore steered Burkina Faso into a strong alliance with France, which retains close political, security and economic ties with many of its former colonies in Africa. image copyrightAFP. A request had also been made to interview French officials who were involved in Burkina Faso's affairs at the time , the lawyer added. Burkina Faso issued an arrest warrant for Mr Compaore in 2015, accusing him of involvement in Mr Sankara 's killing. He has repeatedly denied the allegation, but has refused to

Thomas Sankara was one of Africa’s most important anti-. imperialist leaders of the late 20th Century. His declaration that. fundamental socio-political change would require a ‘certain. amount of madness’ driving the Burkinabè Revolution, which. again resurfaced in the country’s popular uprising in 2014. for a different kind of leadership in Africa—one who does not fall prey to. the so-called ‘African Leadership Crisis’. Such celebrations are likewise. problematic for failing to take into account the systematic efforts to weaken. the revolutionary project and the ultimate assassination of its leader.

Democratic Transition and Hope of Trial

The judicial case is restarted under the democratic transition. An arrest warrant is issued against the former president by Burkinabe justice on March 7, 2016. But B LAISE COMPAORÉ, exiled in Côte d'Ivoire, which he obtained nationality , can not be extradited. The alleged bodies of Sankara and his companions are exhumed in May 2015 for DNA expertise, in order to try to determine the identity of the victims and lift the veil on the circumstances of their death. Despite analyzes in France then in Spain, identities could not be confirmed.

In 2017, the French President Emmanuel Macron promises that the French documents concerning the assassination of Sankara will be "declassified". According to lawyers in the Sankara family, "an important lot of these documents has been transmitted to Burkinabe justice", which did not communicate the content.

In February 2020, a reconstruction of the assassination takes place on the scene of the crime. Tuesday, the file was sent back to the Ouagadougou military court, after the confirmation of the charges against the principal accused, of which Blaise Compaore, General Gilbert, and the soldiers of the presidential child, including the former adjutant-head Hyacinthe Kafando, suspected of having been the head of the commando and currently on the run. The trial, no doubt, will date.

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