His return sparked a number of outraged reactions. Sentenced at the beginning of April in absentia to life imprisonment for his role in the assassination of Thomas Sankara, Blaise Compaore came back in all impunity in Burkina Faso from July 7 to 9, without ever being worried, and was received by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba at Kosyam Palace.
Burkina Faso: “The return of Blaise Compaoré is a forfeiture and a denial of justice”
The former president, however, kept a low profile. His stay lasted just over forty-eight hours and took place out of sight of the curious. Arrived from Abidjan Thursday July 7 at 2 p.m. on board of one Gulfstream G550 of the Ivorian presidency, Compaoré was accompanied by his wife, Chantal, and their daughter, Jamila – as well as the special adviser toAlassane Ouattara, Ally Coulibaly. From the Ouagadougou air base, which adjoins the tarmac of the international airport, the former head of state and his clan directly boarded a helicopter which took them to the Kosyam heliport.