Burkina Faso's ex-president charged with treason

Lawmakers from Burkina Faso's transitional parliament adopted a resolution asking the High Court to put deposed leader Blaise Compaore on trial for "high treason" and violating the constitution.

Burkina Faso's ex-president charged with treason

World Bulletin / News Desk

Blaise Compaore, the former 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.

Anadolu Agency reports that, in addition to the charges against 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 in AP 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.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Temmuz 2015, 18:45