A military tribunal sentenced Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaore to life in prison on Wednesday for his role in the 1987 assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara.
At the age of 37, the charismatic Marxist revolutionary was assassinated in the West African nation’s capital, Ouagadougou, four years after seizing power in a previous coup.
Blaise Compaore and his former director of security, Hyacinthe Kafando, were prosecuted in his absence and condemned to life in jail.
Both have denied any participation in Thomas Sankara killing in the past.
The former president ruled for 27 years until fleeing to Ivory Coast after being deposed in a coup in 2014.