They will be at the heart of the trial of the alleged assassins of Thomas Sankara which opens on October 11, as their direct responsibility has been singled out for years. But only Gilbert Diendéré will be at the helm.
Thomas Sankara assassination: time for trial
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The trial of the alleged assassins of Thomas Sankara will open Monday, October 11, before the military court in Ouagadougou. But if Blaise Compaoré, Gilbert Diendéré and Hyacinthe Kafando are the main accused, only the former chief of staff of Compaoré, who led his dreaded presidential security regiment (RSP), will be present in the banquet hall of Ouaga 2000.
He will be largely absent from the trial. Refugee in Côte d’Ivoire since his overthrow in 2014, Blaise Compaoré has no intention of appearing on October 11 before the Burkinabè judges to answer for his role in the assassination of Sankara. “He will not go to this political trial organized against him before this military tribunal which is an exceptional jurisdiction. He was never summoned by the examining magistrate for questioning and he was not notified of any act other than his final summons to court. I also recall that he enjoys immunity, provided for by the Constitution, as a former head of state, ”said his lawyer, Me Pierre-Olivier Sur.
Targeted by an arrest warrant, the former president is spending peaceful days in Abidjan, where he enjoys the protection and benevolence of his old friend Alassane Ouattara. With his wife (Ivorian) Chantal, he lives in a large villa in the chic district of Cocody-Ambassades. He receives his friends passing through the shores of the Ébrié lagoon, his Burkinabè supporters, or even executives of his party, the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), of which he is still the honorary president. It also happens to him to spend weekends in the upscale seaside resort of Assinie or holidays abroad, as in Morocco or Senegal.