Sankara's family wants ex-President Compaoré arrested
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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
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".
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BBC News, Addis Ababa
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Thursday as pressure mounts on his government over the killing of
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violence last month in farming villages in Oromia region, in the country’s west,
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BBC News, Maputo
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“We would like to express, Mr Sergio Mattarella, our deep gratitude to Italy, which is part of the European Union's military training mission," Mr Nyusi said in a speech last night at a banquet honouring the Italian president.
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Mr Tshisekedi is set to meet his Rwanda counterpart Paul Kagame on Wednesday in Angola.
The Congolese leader told the FT ahead of the meeting that Mr Kagame should show "sincerity" in discussions and admit that his government was backing M23 rebels whose activities, among other groups, have destabilised mineral-rich eastern DR Congo.
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has repeatedly rejected the accusations.
He said on Monday that the ongoing crisis was an internal DR Congo matter and his country was not involved.