Burkina Faso opens trial on 1987 Sankara assassination
Al Jazeera, 11 Oct 2021
A trial has begun in Burkina Faso for 14 people accused of involvement in the assassination of former President Thomas Sankara.
Sankara came to power in 1983 and was shot dead four years later.
He was a revolutionary leader who had called on African countries to default on unfair international debt.
Among the suspects is former President Blaise Compaore.
Compaore was deposed in 2014 following a popular uprising that brought an end to his 27-year rule.
He lives in exile in neighbouring Ivory Coast and has refused to take part in the trial.
His supporters see it as a political witch-hunt.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports.
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