“Today President Thomas Sankara has been rehabilitated,” said Benewende Stanislas Sankara, a, opposition figure and attorney representing the family in the case. “The Burkinabe government assumed its responsibilities to render President Sankara justice.”
Hopes have also been raised for an investigation of the murder of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998. At the time of his death, Zongo was working on a story about how the driver of the Campaore’s younger brother was tortured and killed in 1998 for allegedly stealing money from his employer.
All efforts by Zongo’s family and their lawyers to seek accountability for his killing were thwarted until the case reached the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. In a landmark ruling, the Court found that Burkina Faso engaged in a cover-up and violated provisions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) guaranteeing freedom of expression.
A protest this week against the former prosecutor, Adama Sagnon, accusing him of acquiescing in dismissal of the case in 2006, resulted in his resignation from the interim administration. “We wanted to show our refusal to endorse the appointment of Judge Adama Sagnon who is implicated in the Norbert Zongo case,” said Rasmane Ouedraogo, a popular musician who participated in the protests. (GIN, Reuters, Nov. 26)