Burkina ex-leader Compaore apologises to family of slain Sankara | News

Compaore, 71, has been dwelling in exile in neighbouring Ivory Coast since being deposed by mass protests in 2014.

Burkina Faso’s former President Blaise Compaore, sentenced in absentia to life in jail for the 1987 assassination of revolutionary icon Thomas Sankara, has apologised to the ex-leader’s household.

“I ask the Burkinabe folks for forgiveness for all of the acts I’ll have dedicated throughout my tenure, and particularly the household of my brother and pal Thomas Sankara,” he mentioned in a message learn out by authorities spokesman Lionel Bilgo on Tuesday.

Compaore seized energy within the West African nation in a 1987 coup that toppled and killed serving chief Sankara. In April, a Burkina court docket handed him a life time period in absentia for his function within the assassination.

“I take duty for, and remorse from the underside of my coronary heart, all of the struggling and tragedies skilled by all victims throughout my phrases as chief of the nation and ask their households to grant me their forgiveness,” he added.

Compaore, 71, has been dwelling in exile in neighbouring Ivory Coast since being faraway from energy by mass protests in 2014.

He returned to Burkina Faso for a number of days this month, with out dealing with arrest, after the nation’s army chief Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba invited him within the identify of “nationwide reconciliation”. The go to sparked an outcry amongst civil society teams and political events, who mentioned uniting the nation shouldn’t come on the expense of impunity.

Compaore expressed his “deep gratitude” to Burkina Faso’s military-dominated transitional authorities. He referred to as on his compatriots to affix “a sacred union, tolerance, moderation, however above all forgiveness in order that the nationwide curiosity prevails”.

A fiery Marxist-Leninist who blasted the West for neo-colonialism and hypocrisy, Sankara was gunned down by a success squad on October 15, 1987, little greater than 4 years after coming to energy as a military captain aged simply 33.

Damiba took power in a January coup that deposed former President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, amid widespread anger on the authorities’s failure to take care of a bloody riot that unfold from neighbouring Mali in 2015.