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Burkina Faso ex-leader Campaore gets life sentence over Sankara

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

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

Trial opens in Burkina Faso over killing of revolutionary hero Thomas  Sankara | Burkina Faso | The Guardian

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

Military prosecutors had requested for a 30-year sentence for Compaoré, who was being tried alongside thirteen others.

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.

 

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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