Burkina Faso's Ex-President Compaore Handed Life
Burkina Faso’s Ex-President Compaore Handed Life Sentence in Absentia Over Sankara Murder
Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré was sentenced in absentia to life in jail over his role in the 1987 murder of the country’s revolutionary folk hero Thomas Sankara, a military court ruled on Wednesday, bringing the curtain down on a case that has tormented the West African nation for more than three decades.
Compaore was found guilty of an attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of a corpse, the tribunal said in its ruling.
He went on to rule for 27 years before being ousted in another coup in 2014 and fleeing to Ivory Coast, where he is still believed to live.