30 years after the assassination of Thomas Sankara on 15 October 1987, Burkina Faso justice has reopened the case and has resumed the investigation since March 2015. Today, around 100 people have already been interviewed both in Burkina Faso and abroad, as one source close to AFP said.
It will be remembered that this subject was taboo during the reign of Blaise Compaore, the friend of Thomas Sankara, suspected of having sponsored his assassination. Chased from power after a popular revolution in October 2014, Blaise Compaoré is today exiled in Cote d’Ivoire where he enjoys the care of President Alassane Ouattara.
Defeated with twelve of his companions when he was going to attend an extraordinary council of ministers. Thomas Sankara and his companions had been buried on the sly in the evening at the cemetery of Dagnoën, in a suburb of Ouagadougou.
Mariam Sankara then filed a complaint against X in September 1997 on behalf of his children for “assassination”. The complaint had also been buried and it was not until March 2015 that it was released from its ashes five months after the fall of Compaore.
The suspected bodies of Sankara and his companions were exhumed in May 2015 for DNA analysis, to determine with certainty the identity of the victims and the nature of their deaths. Despite analyzes in France and Spain, it was not possible to confirm identities.
” Everything may seem to have stalled, as the results of the appraisals have not flourished. But that does not end the procedure, which continues, “said Me Bénéwendé Sankara, one of the lawyers of the Sankara family.
” A trial could begin next year before the military justice, ” analyzes the political analyst Allassane Tiemtoré before continuing ” the file is sufficiently advanced to be judged “.
” We just want to know the truth and do justice so that the people of Burkina Faso can reconcile with their history, ” says Serges Bayala, an activist and member of the International Committee of the Thomas Sankara Memorial.
” Today we claim the heirs of Sankara, so it is normal to continue the struggle in the quest for truth. It is the legacy he has left us: fighting for truth and justice, “he said.