Prosecutors in Burkina Faso have asked a military tribunal to sentence former President Blaise Compaore to 30 years in prison. They accuse him of playing a part in the assassination of Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s revolutionary leader. He assumed power in 1983 but was shot and killed in 1987 during a coup led by Compaore, a former ally. Campaore, 70, was deposed in 2014 through a popular uprising after 27 years in power. He now lives in exile in Ivory Coast and has consistently denied any involvement.
Blaise Campoare was a close associate and friend of Burkina Faso revolutionary leader Thomas Isidore Sankara. It is said that Blaise Campoare had a hand in the assassination of Thomas Isidore Sankara in 1987.