Former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore is likely to face trial in March for his part in the violent crackdown on the 2014 popular uprising that forced him to step down, the supreme court prosecutor told reporters, Wednesday.
Other members of his former administration will also face justice including the ex-prime minister Luc Adolphe Tiao, prosecutor Armand Ouedraogo said.
Compaore, who lives in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), was defence minister as well as president at the time of the insurrection but is only being prosecuted for his role as the former. “Of the 34 members of Compaore’s administration, 7 will be tried in absentia,” Ouedraogo added.
Compaore resigned after 27 years as president – following a popular uprising in October 2014 against his attempts to change the constitution to remain in office.
Thirty-three people were killed during the crackdown on the demonstration, according to official sources. However as a start, Compaore and his colleagues are being prosecuted for just 7 deaths and the wounding of 82 people in the capital, Ouagadougou.
All of those on trial face the death penalty and should they be found guilty Burkina Faso will call for the extradition of those outside the country to face their sentences at home.