Life sentence for Burkinabe ex-leader Compaoré for Sankara murder

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A Ouagadougou court has sentenced former Burkinabe President Blaise Compaoré to life imprisonment for the murder of his predecessor, the revered Thomas Sankara.

The long-awaited verdict brings to close a six-month trial about the murder of Sankara who was assassinated on October 15, 1987.

Military prosecutors had requested a 30-year sentence for Compaoré, who was being tried alongside 13 others. Compaoré now lives in Ivory Coast and refused to take part in the trial.

Sankara, a revered pan-Africanist leader, was murdered alongside 12 others by a hit squad during a putsch that brought his friend and comrade-in-arms Compaoré to power.

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports.


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Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human with malice aforethought. This state of mind may, depending upon the jurisdiction, distinguish murder from other forms of unlawful homicide, such as manslaughter.

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“Nicolas Haque is an award-winning roving news correspondent based out of Dakar, Senegal. He started working for Al Jazeera in 2008 as a correspondent in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before moving to Senegal in 2013. Previously, he worked in current affairs for ITN, Channel 4 News, BBC Asian Programmes and ABC News in London. A member of the African Foreign Press Association, he holds an MA honours in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.” Source – Al Jazeera English website

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