Blaise Compaore, a former president of Burkina Faso, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1987 murder of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, in a coup.
He was sentenced in absentia by a military tribunal on Wednesday, April 6, alongside two of his former top associates, Hyacinthe Kafando and Gilbert Diendere, who also got life imprisonment.
Sankara, a charismatic Marxist revolutionary, was shot dead in the country’s capital Ouagadougou at the age of 37, four years after he took power in a previous putsch.
According to Reuters News, Compaore was found guilty of an attack on state security, complicity in murder, and concealment of a corpse, the tribunal said in its ruling.
Compaore ruled the West Africa country for 27 years before being ousted in another coup in 2014 and fleeing to Ivory Coast, where he is still believed to live.