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Burkina Faso: Trial of coup leaders postponed

Military officials say delay is due to many 'incidents'

Felix Nkambeh Tih   | 09.12.2016
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Burkina Faso


The trial of suspected coup leaders in Burkina Faso has been postponed to early 2017 due to several "incidents", Burkinabe authorities announced late Thursday.

Gen. Gilbert Diendere and 90 others have been accused of leading the 2015 coup d'etat in Burkina Faso.

Among the suspects, 39 are in preventive detention at the Military Correction and Rehabilitation Center (MACA), Alioune Zanre, a government commissioner at the military court told a news conference.

Zanre said many "incidents" had slowed down the judicial procedure.

These incidents include, the request for the lifting of deputy Salifou Sawadogo's immunity and the extradition of three military officials form Ivory Coast.

Sawadogo is member of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), the party of the former president, Blaise Compaore, who was overthrown after a popular uprising in October 2014. Sawadogo's immunity was waived on Dec. 6.

In August 2015, the presidential guard led by Gen. Diendere, a former army chief of staff for Compaore, stormed into a cabinet meeting and arrested transitional President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Zida, and a handful of other ministers.

In October, Diendere was charged with 11 criminal acts, including threatening state security, murder, allying with foreign forces, voluntary assault and destruction of property.

General elections were held in Burkina Faso on Nov. 29, 2015.

Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who was prime minister of Burkina Faso between 1994 and 1996 under the rule of former president Compaore, won the presidential election.

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