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Burkina Faso / Sankara trial: The first defendant admits the facts


AA / Ouagadougou / Dramane Traoré

Yamba Elysée Ilboudo, 62, soldier and driver at the time, one of the fourteen accused in the assassination of Burkinabè President Thomas Sankara and his twelve companions in 1987, admitted on Tuesday the facts with which he is accused at the bar .

Accused of assassination and of complicity in an attack on the security of the State, Yamba Elysée Ilboudo replied: “I recognize the facts”, before continuing that he was a soldier and that a soldier is carrying out his orders. chief.

“I received the order from my leader Hyacinthe Kafando, on October 15, who told me to go to the Council of the Entente (where the assassination took place). We started from Blaise Compaoré’s home. “, he said at the bar.

He stressed that in the convoy was another vehicle driven by Pathé Maïga. The two vehicles entered the Council of the Entente through the northern access.
After some adjustments, the group headed for the building where Thomas Sankara and his relatives were holding the meeting, and opened fire.
The hearing in the trial of the assassination of Burkinabè President Thomas Sankara and his twelve companions resumed Monday after a two-week suspension at the request of defense lawyers.

As at the opening, General Gilbert Diendéré, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the case of the failed coup of 2015, was present in the courtroom.

Thomas Sankara, father of the Burkinabè revolution, was killed in 1987 with twelve of his companions in a coup that brought his brother in arms, Blaise Compaoré to power.

In this case, the Burkinabè justice proceeded to the indictment of fourteen people including the deposed President Blaise Compaoré, who has been living in exile in Côte d’Ivoire since his fall in 2014. These lawyers have informed that he will be absent from the trial .

The accused are prosecuted in particular for “crimes of attack on the security of the State, assassination, forgery in public writing, concealment of corpses, etc … or complicity in these offenses”.

Twelve defendants out of fourteen, including Gilbert Diendéré, former chief of staff for Blaise Compaoré, are present at this trial, the file of which is nearly 20,000 pages long, according to military justice. The two main absentees are ousted President Blaise Compaoré and Hyacinthe Kafando.

Justice announced Monday that some witnesses who are outside the country could be brought to appear by videoconference.

At the end of this day of trial, 11 accused were provisionally released and allowed to appear freely at trial.

However, General Gilbert Diendéré, who is already serving a 20-year sentence in the 2015 failed coup, remains in detention.

The trial ended today and resumes tomorrow.

It was in 2015 that the file of the assassination of Sankara, considered as the “African Che Guevara”, at half mast under the reign of Compaoré, was reopened after the latter’s fall by a popular uprising in October 2014.

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