AFRICANGLOBE – Blaise Compaore, the former French puppet and president who ruled Burkina Faso for nearly three decades, has been charged with “high treason” over his bid to change the constitution and run for a third term, state media said Thursday night.
Compaore’s attempt to stay in power prompted massive demonstrations in Ouagadougou and elsewhere in the country last October, leading him to resign and flee the country.
In addition to the charges against traitor Compaore, the transitional parliament brought murder and assault charges against government officials who approved of his bid to stay on. Amnesty International and other groups say security forces opened fire on peaceful demonstrators during the uprising, killing some.
A report stated that emmbezzlement charges were also filed against former officials including ex-foreign affairs minister Djibril Bassolet, a candidate for president in elections scheduled for October.
All charges will be sent to the public prosecutor. Compaore took power in a coup after murdering former president Thomas Sankara.