Burkina Faso coup leader charged with complicity in murder

By Editorial Board - 7 December 2015 at 5:15 pm

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s military tribunal has charged the general who briefly took power in a failed September coup with complicity in the assassination of the West African nation’s former revolutionary leader in 1987.

Gen. Gilbert Diendere already faces charges in the coup case. Tribunal director Col. Sita Sangare told The Associated Press on Sunday that Diendere now has been charged for the assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Authorities this year exhumed human remains from the grave believed to be Sankara’s. His family is seeking more answers about his death after the man who overthrew Sankara, Blaise Compaore, was ousted from power last year.

In 1987, Diendere was the head of security for the president.


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