Burkina Faso’s ex-president Blaise Compaore bags life imprisonment over his predecessor’s murder

Burkina Faso’s ex-president Blaise Compaore bags life imprisonment over his predecessor’s murder

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.

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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.

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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.





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