The former president of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré was sentenced on Wednesday April 6 in absentia to life imprisonment for his participation in the assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, killed with twelve of his companions during a coup d'etat in 1987.

The Journal de l'Afrique returns to this historic verdict with a special edition in the company of Francis Kpatindé, specialist in African news.

Follow the special edition from 9:40 p.m. by clicking on the video at the top of the page.

Came to power in a coup in 1983, Thomas Sankara was killed on October 15, 1987. © France 24

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