US News Burkina Faso: The trial of Thomas Sankara's assassination takes up in Ouagadougou

13:35  25 october  2021
13:35  25 october  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Image d'archives du capitaine Thomas Sankara, président du Burkina Faso, lors d'un sommet à Harare au Zimbabwe, le 2 septembre 1986. © Dominique Faget, AFP Captain Thomas Sankara archive image, President of Burkina Faso, at a summit in Harare in Zimbabwe, 2 September 1986.

barely opened on 11 October, the trial of the alleged authors of Thomas Sankara, former President of Burkina Faso, resumed Monday. An adjournment of two weeks had been asked by defense lawyers to better study the file. Blaise Compaore, main accused, will not participate. The former president, exiled in Côte d'Ivoire, will be judged by absentia.

The trial of the alleged authors of the assassination of Thomas Sankara , killed at the age of 37 during the coup d'etat of October 15, 1987 in Ouagadougou, starts Monday, October 25. He had briefly started two weeks earlier before being adjourned.

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Two Defense Office Clerical Lawyers had asked for a postponement of the trial of one month "in the name of the manifestation of the truth", arguing having had too little time to study "the 20,000 pieces of the file". Urban Meda, President of the Ouagadougou military court, had agreed to suspend the debates, but for a period of only two weeks. From now on, the Burkinabe justice must look for good on this major file in the history of the "country of honest men".

Fourteen people must be judged but two are absent, not least: Blaise Compaoré, former president of Burkina Faso (1987-2014) and friend of Thomas Sankara, and Hyacinthe Kafando, former adjutant-head of the custody of Compaore . The first is suspected of having sponsored the assassination of the one who was nicknamed the " Che Guevara African ". The second is accused of having been at the head of the commando that died 12 October 1987 at a meeting at the headquarters of the National Council of Revolution (CNR) in the capital.

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driven out of power by popular insurrection on October 31, 2014, Blaise Compaore, 70, has found refuge in Côte d'Ivoire, a country of which he got nationality. On October 11, before the adjournment of the trial, Mariam Sankara, the widow of Thomas Sankara, accused him of organizing "a crime, a premeditated assassination", and claimed that he appears against the military court.

"It is he who took advantage of the situation. We can not say that he is innocent. (...) He should come to answer before the jurisdiction Burkinabè. The culture of impunity and violence Policy that rages in some African countries, despite the facade democracy, stops definitively. That's what I'm waiting, "said Mariam Sankara to Nicolas Germain for France 24.

However, and as expected, Blaise Compaore will not be present at the Tribunal, just like Hyacinthe Kafando. Pierre-Olivier on, the lawyer of the former head of state, confirmed it to our confreres of RFI:

"The file, we still do not, and therefore, we are unable to to defend it within the framework of what is called a fair trial. Who would also accept that a lawyer can arrive at a trial without having been notified the charges reproached to his client and without having could have access to the file (...). It is a simulacrum of trial. We can not accuse us of cowardice not to present ourselves at trial when we have not received a copy of the file. "

On the side of the families of the victims of October 15, 1987, it is expected that this resumption of trial be marked by new attempts to obtain a reference or even cancellation of the procedure.

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