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Vol 55 No 24

Published 5th December 2014

Burkina Faso

Truth and reconciliation

Early in his new job, Interim Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida sprang two surprises. The first was the 26 November announcement that the enquiry would be reopened into the death of Captain Thomas Sankara, killed in the 1987 counter-revolution. The second was that he did not rule out demanding the extradition of deposed President Blaise Compaoré from his Moroccan sanctuary to stand trial for killing Sankara or Captain Henri Zongo and Commandant Jean-Baptiste Boukary Lingani. Both were executed for plotting against Compaoré in 1989. However, on 2 December, Interim President and former Foreign Minister Michel Kafando told French television that extraditing Compaoré was 'not a priority'.

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