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Burkina Faso: Ex-soldier admits role in murder of Thomas Sankara

– – A former soldier has admitted his role in events leading to the death of former leader of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara, 34 years ago. Yamba Elise Ilboudo, 62 is currently on trial, charged with complicity in endangering state security. The ongoing trial at a military court in Ouagadougou is hoping to bring closure to the assassination of Sankara, considered a revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso. Ilboudo on Tuesday said he helped transport a hit squad to assassinate Thomas Sankara. In his testimony to the court, the 62-year-old former…

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Blaise Compaoré to boycott Thomas Sankara murder trial

– – Burkina Faso’s former President, Blaise Compaoré who is now living in exile will not attend this month’s trial over the 1987 assassination of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara. The trial is due to start on Monday. Compaoré’s lawyers have also signaled their intention to boycott the proceedings, describing it as “staged” and “political”. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. Military prosecutors in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou said on Tuesday that the trial…

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Thomas Sankara murder trial to start in October

– – Burkina Faso officials have announced that the trial of former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré and 13 others accused of assassinating Thomas Sankara will start on 11 October. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. Military prosecutors in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou said on Tuesday that the trial will be conducted in public. A military tribunal indicted Compaoré in April this year for “attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment…

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Burkina Faso: Ex-leader Compaoré to stand trial for Sankara murder

– – The former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré is to face charges of murder of Thomas Sankara. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. A military tribunal in Burkina Faso on Tuesday indicted the former president for “attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpse”. Thirteen other people were among those charged along with the former president. The warrants “to bring defendants not yet detained” were issued early Tuesday,…

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Thomas Sankara And The Assassination Of Africa’s Memory

SankaraThomas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from  August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.

Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and institutional corruption in Burkina Faso. He slashed the salaries of ministers and sold off the fleet of exotic cars in the president’s convoy, opting instead for the cheapest brand of car available in Burkina Faso, Renault 5.

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