By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Kampala: Burkina Faso’s former President Blaise Compaoré, was on Tuesday been indicted by the Military Tribunal, in the Thomas Sankara case.
Blaise will be tried for the assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, the attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpses.
He has been in exile since 2014 in Ivory Coast.
The Military Tribunal in Ouagadougou, pronounced his indictment alongside 14 other people Gilbert Diendéré and Yacinthe Kafando.
As for General Gilbert Diendéré, he was indicted for an attack on state security, complicity in murder, subornation of witnesses and concealment of corpses.
Nabonsouindé Ouédraogo, Idrissa Sawadogo, Yamba Elysée Ilboudo and Yancinthe Kafando are being prosecuted for murder.
The court also upheld the arrest warrants issued against Blaise Compaoré and Yacinthe Kafando.
Little About Sankara
Thomas Sankara was a Burkinabe military officer and socialist revolutionary who served as the President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.
A Marxist–Leninist and pan-Africanist, he was viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution and is sometimes referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”.
On 15 October 1987, Sankara was killed by an armed group with twelve other officials in a 1987 coup d’etat.
Prince Johnson, a former Liberian warlord allied to Charles Taylor and killer of the Liberian president Samuel Doe, told Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission that it was engineered by Charles Taylor. After the coup and although Sankara was known to be dead, some CDRs mounted an armed resistance to the army for several days.
According to Halouna Traoré, the sole survivor of Sankara’s assassination, Sankara was attending a meeting with the Conseil de l’Entente. His assassins singled out Sankara and executed him. The assassins then shot at those attending the meeting, killing 12 other people. Sankara’s body was riddled with bullets to the back and he was quickly buried in an unmarked grave while his widow Mariam and two children fled the nation. Compaoré immediately reversed the nationalizations, overturned nearly all of Sankara’s policies, rejoined the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to bring in “desperately needed” funds to restore the “shattered” economy and ultimately spurned most of Sankara’s legacy. Compaoré’s dictatorship remained in power for 27 years until it was overthrown by popular protests in 2014.
In 2016, the Burkina Faso government officially asked the French government to release military documents on the killing of Sankara after his widow accused France of masterminding his assassination.
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