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Vol 56 No 20

Published 9th October 2015

Burkina Faso

The General's last days

Now the coup leader is in custody, extraordinary details are emerging about the country's latest escape from military rule

'We have the black box of the Compaoré regime,' said Nestor Bassière , Vice-President of the Union pour la renaissance-Parti sankariste (Unir-PS), to Radio Omega. He meant General Gilbert Diendéré, who had just given himself up. 'Now we will get to know Burkina's history,' Bassière concluded. Radio Omega was the station that the mutinous and now defunct Régiment de sécurité présidentielle attacked in the early days of their failed coup. After two tumultuous weeks of military and diplomatic activity, the RSP's adventure finally came to an end. Diendéré has now been charged with murder, attacking state security, causing injury and destruction of property and other offences.

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