Burkina Faso – The trial for Thomas Sankara’s assassination in 1987 has been postponed until October 25 after the defense lawyers requested more time to prepare their case. Two court-appointed defense lawyers had requested a one-month postponement of the trial “in the name of the truth,” claiming that they had not had enough time to study “the 20,000 documents in the file.”
“The defendants’ counsel’s request for a reasonable period of time to examine the documents in the file appeared to us to be well-founded in principle, which is why we did not raise any specific objections as counsel for the civil party. They requested a month, and the court granted them two weeks; we believe this is a reasonable amount of time “According to the plaintiff’s lawyer, Judge Ambroise Farama. On the other hand, he turned down a request from the civil party to record the debates on camera.
The plaintiff hoped to keep the case on file for future generations to reference. “We had hoped that this trial would be recorded because we believe it is an important part of Burkina’s history that is being written through it. And it would have been beneficial to future generations to have reliable archives to allow the country’s memory community to remember and learn from the events of 1987. Unfortunately, the court decided otherwise; we take note of this because we must follow the court’s decisions “Plaintiff’s lawyer, Prosper Farama, stated.
Blaise Compaoré, the main defendant, was not present Monday morning at the court, which was moved to a different hall with a capacity of about 300 people.