BURKINA FASO:Compaoré Still Wanted for the Assassination of Thomas Sankara


Hopes are still hanging high among the admirers of Thomas Sankara, following media reports in 2015 that Burkina Faso has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted leader Blaise Compaore in connection with the murder of former President Thomas Sankara. The international arrest warrant has since remained futile.

The assassination of the populist Pan African leader, Thomas Sankara in 1987, raised great misgiving over the involvement of his former colleague and close friend Blaise Compaore with help from the French government. Call for justice for his assassination as since then continued among his admirers across the continent and beyond.

Africa’s ‘Che Guevara‘ as he is popularly referred to, was on 15 October 1987, killed by an armed group with twelve other officials in a coup d’état believed to have been organize by his former colleague, Blaise Compaoré.

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Prosper Farama, a lawyer for Sankara’s family, has in 2015 confirmed to the Reuters News Agency, that an international arrest warrant was issued by the investigating judge for the arrest of Blaise Campore who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2015.

On the eve of the 32nd anniversary of Thomas Sankara’s death, Prosper renewed the call for the extradition of Mr. Campaore, stressing that “It would be good for everyone, for the collective conscience of Burkina Faso [and] for Blaise Compaoré himself, and even his supporters, if he could come to Burkina Faso and be heard by the courts, if he could defend himself and give his side,”

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In 2017, during a visit to Burkina Faso, French President Emmanuel Macron promised that all French documents concerning Sankara’s murder would be “declassified”, it has since remained a mere promised, as justice remained defeated.

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