Exiled former president of Burkina Faso, Mr Blaise Compaore is likely to face trial in March for the role he played in the violent suppression of Burkinabes during the Burkina Faso uprising of 2014.
Blaise Compaore rose to power in a coup d’etat which killed the former leader of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. Since then, he clung to power for 27 years. When he sought to extend is rule by another five years in 2014, an uprising began.
The former President tried to change the constitution, but the civil society protested in response. A series of riots took place leading to the declaration of a state of emergency in Burkina Faso. The National Assembly, the ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress party’s headquarters, as well as other buildings were burned down.
Blaise Compaore eventually fled to Cote D’Ivoire where his wife is from and has since been living there.
Some other members of the Compaore administration such as former PM Luc Adolphe Tiao will also face trial, according to prosecutor Armand Ouedraogo.
“Of the 34 members of (Compaore’s) government, seven will be tried in absentia,” Ouedraogo added.
Although Compaore was the President of Burkina Faso at the time of the insurrection, he was also serving as the defence minister and will be prosecuted for abusing this role.
The administration of former President Compaore will face prosecution for the death of 7 people, as well as the injuring of about 82 people in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital. This is despite the higher toll of deaths and injuries recorded as a result of the Burkinabe uprising.
“They are not being prosecuted for all the deaths related to the popular uprising because not all protesters died from bullet wounds and they were not all in Ouagadougou,” Ouedraogo said.All the accused face
All the accused face a death penalty. Those currently in Burkina Faso have been banned from exiting the country, while those tried in absentia will be extradited to face their penalty at home, if found guilty.