A Ouagadougou court has sentenced former Burkinabe president Blaise Compaoré to life imprisonment for the murder of the revered Thomas Sankara.

The long-awaited verdict brings to close a six-month trial about the murder of Sankara who was assassinated on October 15, 1987.

Military prosecutors had requested for a 30-year sentence for Compaoré, who was being tried alongside thirteen others.

Sankara, a revered pan-Africanist leader, was murdered alongside 12 others by a hit squad during a putsch that brought his friend and comrade-in-arms Compaoré to power.

Credit : Aljazeera


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