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Sankara’s family wants ex-President Compaoré arrested

The family lawyers of Burkina Faso’s independence hero, Thomas Sankara, have called on the judiciary to arrest former President Blaise Compaoré, who is expected to return home from exile on Friday.

Mr Compaoré, in exile since his ouster in 2014, was in April handed down a life sentence over the 1987 assassination of Sankara.

The demand by Sankara’s lawyers came after the Burkina Faso government announced that Mr Compaoré will be among the former heads of state holding talks with military junta on Friday “as part of efforts to accelerate the question of reconciliation”.

It is unclear whether Mr Compaoré will be subjected to a judicial process.

However, the government said that the upcoming meetings between the junta and ex-leaders “does not hinder the legal proceedings initiated against some of them”.

source: bbc

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