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Cape Town — Fourteen defendants who were prosecuted on October 25, 2021 for the assassination of Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara in a 1987 coup, will know their fate on April 6, 2022. The trial is before the Ouagadougou military court.

Twelve of the fourteen people present in court, include General Gilbert Diendéré, 61, one of the main army leaders during the coup.

Absent, however, is the main accused, former President Blaise Compaoré, now a refugee in Côte d’Ivoire since ousted by a popular uprising in 2014.

All are being prosecuted on charges that include, the attack on state security, the concealment of a corpse and for complicity in murder. The defendants entered a plea of not guilty.

Since the trial began six months ago, hundred of witnesses have been called to testify on the part they played in the coup that took place on October 15, 1987.

A soldier, Yamba Elisée Ilboudo, testified that the commando’s meeting place was at Blaise Compaoré’s home, from where they left to assassinate Sankara.