Burkina Faso: ex-president sentenced to life over Thomas Sankara murder

Burkina Faso: ex-president sentenced to life over Thomas Sankara murder

A military tribunal in Burkina Faso has sentenced former President Blaise Compaore to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1987 murder of his predecessor Thomas Sankara.

Mr Compaore who is in exile, was tried in absentia.

His former head of security, Hyacinthe Kafando, was also sentenced to life imprisonment.

Mr Sankara, was gunned down by a group of armed men in the capital, Ouagadougou in 1987.

Compaore then ruled for 27 years before being ousted in 2014.

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