Burkina Faso: Murder Accused Compaore Refuses to Attend Thomas Sankara’s Trial

Cape Town, South Africa — Blaise Compaore, the main defendant in the long-awaited trial on the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara and former president of Burkina Faso, will not be present when the trial begins on October 11, 2021, according to Burkinabe and French attorneys for Compaore.

Al-Jazeera reported that the lawyers said the proceedings are “political”, and the 70-year-old former leader continually denies being involved.

Sankara was assassinated four years after taking power in a coup led by Compaore, who now lives in  Cote d’Ivoire, where he fled after he was ousted in 2014 during a popular uprising.

Compaore will be judged in absentia.

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