It is a letter which, for the past twenty-four hours, has aroused many comments in Ouagadougou. In this letter, Blaise Compaoré, sentenced last April in absentia to life for the assassination of Thomas Sankara, in 1987, asks “forgiveness” to the family of the latter but also to all of the people of Burkina Faso for “the sufferings” endured during his twenty-seven years in power.
This letter is dated July 8, 2022, when Blaise Compaoré was back in Ouagadougou – without being disturbed by justice – to be received by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, but was read on Tuesday July 26 in front of the press by government spokesman Lionel Bilgo. Ally Coulibaly, special adviser to Alassane Ouattara, and Djamila Compaoré, the former president’s daughter, were present at his side after having especially traveled to Abidjan to “carry” this letter to the Burkinabè authorities.
Sankara trial: sick and mute, Blaise Compaoré, the great absentee
Based in Montpellier, in the south of France, where she has lived since the tragic disappearance of her husband, it was through the press that Mariam Sankara discovered the existence of this letter and Blaise Compaoré’s request for forgiveness. Interviewed on the phone by Young Africa, the widow of the former president answers it.
Capcov: Do you accept the forgiveness requested by Blaise Compaoré for his role in the assassination of your husband on 15 october 1987 ?