Burkina Faso’s ex-president Compaore gets life sentence in absentia over Sankara murder

Burkina Faso's ex-president Compaore gets life sentence in absentia over Sankara murder
OUAGADOUGOU — Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaore was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1987 murder of his predecessor Thomas Sankara in a coup, a military tribunal ruled on Wednesday.
The charismatic Marxist revolutionary Sankara was gunned down in the West African nation’s capital Ouagadougou at the age of 37, four years after he took power in a previous putsch.


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