Burkina Ex-leader Compaore Apologises To Family Of Slain Sankara
Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaore, sentenced in absentia to life in jail for the 1987 assassination of revolutionary icon Thomas Sankara, apologised to the ex-leader’s family on Tuesday.
“I ask the Burkinabe people for forgiveness for all the acts I may have committed during my tenure, especially the family of my brother and friend Thomas Sankara,” he said in a message read out by government spokesman Lionel Bilgo on Tuesday.
Compaore seized power in the West African nation in a 1987 coup that toppled and killed serving leader Sankara. In April, a Burkina court handed him a life term in absentia for his role in the assassination.
I take responsibility for, and regret from the bottom of my heart, all the suffering and tragedies experienced by all victims during my terms as leader of the country and ask their families to grant me their forgiveness,” he added.
Compaore, 71, has been living in exile in neighbouring Ivory Coast since being removed from power by mass protests in 2014.