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B’Faso: Failed coup leader charged over Sankara murder

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Senior security officials in Burkina Faso reveal that General Gilbert Diendere who was the ring leader in a failed coup last September has been charged with complicity in the 1987 assassination of President Thomas Sankara- one of the most high-profile killings in Africa’s modern history.
“General Gilbert Diendere is formally charged in the Thomas Sankara case,” a senior security source with direct knowledge of the case said, adding that Diendere had been charged last month.

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Though the General’s charges are yet to be made public, his lawyer, Mathieu Some, said on Sunday that his client had been charged over Sankara’s death and he would prepare his legal defense.
Ten others, less senior than Diendere, have already been charged, it was reported. The senior security official said most were soldiers in the elite presidential guard of former President Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in October 2014.

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