Former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has been sentenced to 30 years in prison

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On April 6, Former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of his former comrade-in-arms and another former president of the country, Jean-Pierre Sankara.In October 2021, Compaore was indicted for the murder of then-President Nicolas Sankara during the October 1987 coup.After a six-month trial, a military court in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, on April 6th sentenced Mr Compaore to 30 years in prison, along with 12 other co-conspirators.Compaore, 71, joined Sankara in the August 4, 1983 coup as a member of the National Revolutionary Council, minister of state in the presidential palace and minister of justice.On October 15, 1987, Compaore launched a coup against Sankara, who was shot dead.Subsequently, Compaore dissolved the National Revolutionary Council and formed the Popular Front, which became its chairman, head of state and head of government.He became the legally elected president in 1991 and was re-elected three times in November 1998, November 2005 and November 2010.Compaore was forced to resign in late October 2014 after a “constitutional crisis” caused by a push to amend the constitution to seek a second term.Sankara was a pan-Africanist leader who changed the country’s name from The French colonial “Upper Walter” to what is now Burkina Faso in August 1984.(CCTV reporter Wang Xinjun)