The case of the murder of Thomas Sakara, the father of the Burkinabe revolution, has been referred to the Ouagadougou Military Court in Burkina Faso.
Sankara was assassinated in 1987, in a coup that saw his brother-in-arms Blaise Compaore come to power.
During Blaise Compaore’s 27 years at the helm of the state, the death of Sankara, nicknamed the “African Che” in reference to his revolutionary role, was a taboo subject. But since he was ousted in 2014, the case has benefited from transitional democracy.
Compaore has been wanted since 2016 by the authorities, along with his former general Diendéré, accused of murder and violation of national security in connection with the death of Sankara.
Lawyers for the family say the Burkina Faso courts have received a significant number of documents from France on the case and are demanding that they be made public.
33 years after his assassination, supporters of pan-African figure Sankara continue to demand that Burkina shed light on the death of one of the continent’s most famous heads of state.
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