Burkina Faso authorities have appointed an investigative judge to handle the case of ex- president Thomas Sankara who was assassinated in 1987, lawyers of Sankara’s family said on Tuesday evening.
Speaking after meeting with Burkina Faso’s Transition President Michel Kafando, one of the lawyers Me Stanislas Benewende Sankara said military authorities confirmed on March 21 that the case had been transferred to the military court.
“We can confirm the appointment of an investigative judge at the military court,” he said.
“We have come to thank the authorities for having honoured their promise, despite facing opposition, because many people were feeling that the case was being delayed,” he said, adding that “the transition president reiterated the government’s determination to unearth the whole truth in the case.”
Having come to power in 1983, Captain Thomas Sankara was killed four years later in a coup that brought Blaise Compaore to power.
Since then, there has been no progress in the attempt to find Sankara’s killers during the reign of Compaore who was overthrown through street protests in October 2014.
Since coming to power, the transition authorities promised to restart some key cases, among them that of Thomas Sankara and Norbert Zongo, a journalist who was found dead in December 1998 at a time when he was investigating the suspected death of a driver to Compaore’s brother, Francois Compaore. Enditem