“Opened on October 11, 2021, the trial on the assassination of Captain Thomas Sankara and his 12 companions reached its verdict on April 6, 2022 at the Military Court of Ouagadougou relocated to the Salle des Banquets” (…) “The Court sentenced Blaise Compaoré, Hyacinthe Kafando and Gilbert Diendéré to life imprisonment. The prosecution had however requested, on February 8, 2022, 30 years in prison against Blaise Compaoré and Hyacinthe Kafando, 20 years in prison against Gilbert Diendéré. The public prosecutor had also requested a warrant of committal for all those who were accused and requested the maintenance of the arrest warrant against Blaise Compaoré and Hyacinthe Kafando, still absent since the opening of the investigation” (Akim Ky – ‘Sankara trial: Compaoré, Kafando and Diendéré sentenced to life imprisonment’ 06.04.2022, Burkina24).
Justice is finally served for the revolutionary and inspirational leader Thomas Sankara. President Sankara who died in an assassination in October 1987. Now decades later the former friend and ally is now sentenced to life in prions in absentia. Blaise Compaoré used his leverage and power to kill his friend. Just so he could be a friend of Paris and the imperial powers who wanted to further it’s control in Burkina Faso.
Sankara will forever be written in history, because of how he valued life, dogma and political framework. That will be inspirational … and his ideas will forever lives on. While Blaise Compaoré and his allies will be remembered as traitors and people who sold out to France.
This is justice served and it’s still better than how Blaise Compaoré did after the coup d’etat in 1987 to the ones who was associated with Sankara.
As the Amnesty International Report of 1991 states:
“Nineteen people arrested in December 1989 in connection with an alleged conspiracy against the government were detained throughout the year without being brought to trial. In all, 31 people had been arrested, most of them associates of former President Thomas Sankara, who was killed in a coup in October 1987 which brought President Compaoré to power. They included Raymond Train Poda, a former minister of justice, Guillaume Sessouma, a university lecturer, and Moumoni Traoré, an economist, all members of the Union de lutte communist-reconstruite (ULC-R). Union of Communist Struggle-Reconstructed, which had supported the Sankara government. The 31 also included former soldiers, some of whom had previously been detained without trial for almost two years following the 1987 coup. Four of the 31, including Guillaume Sessouma, were said by the government in January to have escaped from detention. However, there were persistence reports suggesting that Guillaume Sessouma had died under torture: later in the year. Amnesty International received information which confirmed this, although the government continued to maintain that he had escaped” (Amnesty International – Amnesty International Report – 1991, P: 51, 1991).
That the Military Court of Ouagadougou did today sentence the people who was in-connection with the murder of Sankara is about time. This has taken over 30 years and the Burkinabe can be proud of their system, which has answered it. The ones that betrayed the nation and the ideals of it. They now have await to spending time behind bars. That’s if they ever are to enter or return to Burkina Faso. As they are in exile…
What this shows… no matter how injustice is served and in interests of others. At one point or another… you could face justice for your actions. Compaoré and his allies now will have to face justice. Eventually, if they are ever to return or be repatriated to Burkina Faso. Peace.