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Burkina Faso: The Trial of Compaore and his Ministers Postponed to May 8

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The trial of the ministers of the last government of Blaise Compaore in Burkina Faso, all prosecuted for “complicity in voluntary homicide and voluntary wounds” in the repression by the army of the popular insurrection in October 2014, which led to the fall of Regime was again postponed to May 8.

After heated discussions between the Attorney General and the lawyers on the exceptions, the trial was finally postponed for May 8.

Olivier Sur, the lawyer of former President Blaise Compaoré, who is living in exile in Abidjan, was also prosecuted as a former Minister of Defense and was not allowed to assist his client before the High Court of Justice. In the absence of the principal accused, it is not possible for his lawyer to plead his case before this court, according to the law, explained the Attorney General.”The defendant who does not appear cannot be assisted,” said the president of the court.

On Blaise Compaore’s absence, the President of the High Court of Justice asked whether the applicant had received the order to send: “After unsuccessful searches, we were unable to hand over the document to Mr. Blaise Compaoré, “replied the Attorney General. A statement later rejected by Master Olivier Sur who argued that all addresses of Blaise Compaore are known to all and that the prosecutor must even forward the document through the diplomatic channel in Cote d’Ivoire.

Moreover, the lawyers questioned the composition of the High Court of Justice, they rejected the presence of a judge who is not judicial but administrative. An exception rejected by this court.

After hot discussions between the Attorney General and the lawyers on the exceptions, the trial was suspended. Finally, defense lawyers were granted a further postponement of the trial for Monday, May 8 to allow some lawyers to better prepare their clients’ defense.

Excerpts from AfrikPresse